The Travels of Sir John Mandeville [NOOK Book]


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• illustrations
• a linked Table of Contents, Footnotes, and Index

To Teach You the Way out of England to Constantinople
Of the Cross and the Crown of our Lord Jesu Christ
Of the City of Constantinople, and of the Faith of Greeks
Of the Way from Constantinople to Jerusalem.
Of Diversities in Cyprus;
Of Many Names of Soldans, and of the Tower of Babylon
Of the Country of Egypt
Of the Isle of Sicily
Of the Desert between the Church of Saint Catherine and Jerusalem
Of the Pilgrimages in Jerusalem
Of the Temple of Our Lord
Of the Dead Sea; and of the Flome Jordan
Of the Province of Galilee
Of the City of Damascus
Of the Customs of Saracens, and of Their Law
Of the Lands of Albania and of Libia
Of the Land of Job; and of His Age
Of the Customs of Isles about Ind
Of the Dooms Made by St. Thomas’s Hand.
Of the Evil Customs Used in the Isle of Lamary
Of the Palace of the King of the Isle of Java
How Men Know by the Idol, If the Sick Shall Die or Not
Of the Great Chan of Cathay
Wherefore He is Clept the great Chan
Of the Governance of the Great Chan’s Court,
Of the Law and the Customs of the Tartarians Dwelling in Cathay
Of the Realm of Tharse and the Lands and Kingdoms towards the Septentrional Parts
The Emperor of Persia, and of the Land of Darkness
Of the Countries and Isles That Be beyond the Land of Cathay
Of the Royal Estate of Prester John
Of the Devil’s Head in the Valley Perilous
Of the Goodness of the Folk of the Isle of Bragman
Of the Hills of Gold that Pismires keep.
Of the Customs of Kings and other that dwell in the Isles coasting to Prester John’s Land.

About the Author
"In his preface the compiler calls himself a knight, and states that he was born and bred in England, of the town of St Albans. Although the book is real, it is widely believed that 'Sir John Mandeville' himself was not. Common theories point to a Frenchman by the name of Jehan a la Barbe (or other possibilities discussed below).

The most recent scholarly work suggests that The Travels of Sir John Mandeville was “the work of Jan de Langhe, a Fleming who wrote in Latin under the name Johannes Longus and in French as Jean le Long.”[4] Jan de Langhe was born in Ypres early in the 1300s and by 1334 had become a Benedictine monk at the abbey of Saint-Bertin in Saint-Omer which was about 20 miles from Calais. After studying law at the University of Paris, de Langhe returned to the abbey and was elected abbot in 1365. He was a prolific writer and avid collector of travelogues, right up to his death in 1383."--Wikipedia
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016511092
  • Publisher: VolumesOfValue
  • Publication date: 6/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,259,624
  • File size: 258 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    The curious history of John Mandeville

    Sir John Mandeville was an Early-Renaissance writer of travel tales, similar in content and style to his near contemporary, Marco Polo. But history has judged the two quite differently: whereas Marco Polo has become a household word, synonymous with bold explorations, Mandeville has been largely forgotten. It was not always so. During his lifetime, and for a couple of centuries afterwards, Mandeville was the more famous. A copy of Mandeville - but not Polo - was in the possession of Leonardo da Vinci. More telling, about 300 manuscripts (hand-written copies) of Mandeville survive, compared to only about 70 of Polo. *** Polo was first. His celebrated book, originally titled, 'Descriptions of the World,' came out about 1300. Mandeville wrote his book about 1356, or shortly thereafter. Its original tile was 'The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville, Knight,' but is now generally known as 'Travels of Sir John Mandeville.' Whereas Polo used the services of a professional writer, Rusticello -- who based the book on Polo's notebooks -- Mandeville wrote his book himself. (Mandeville is the better written.) *** Both books -- but especially Mandeville -- contain a fascinating pastiche of facts (often distorted), opinions -- and utterly fantastic claims. Standards of what constitutes a historical/geographic work have greatly evolved. Reading these books today leaves one with a bewildering impression of a farrago of National Geographic and supermarket tabloids. *** So what accounts for Mandeville¿s reversal of fortune? As the Age of Exploration began to transform Europe, reliable geographic, historic, and economic data came to be more highly valued than fantastic tales. Since Polo was found to be more reliable his reputation increased. Mandeville, on the other hand, came to be seen as a 'teller of tall tales,' a kind of Baron Munchhausen. *** What about relevance today? Well, except in a narrow historical context, I would say that Mandeville is definitely the more interesting. If Mandeville lacks historic and geographic accuracy, he more than makes up by his insights into what fascinates mankind - both then and now. As noted, a considerable portion of Mandeville can be fairly equated to today's Elvis sightings, or the woman from Ohio who has the spaceman's baby. We are too immersed in our contemporary world to clearly see what is behind such phenomena; looking back at Mandeville our vision improves. An example: Mandeville tells of a society in which women often have snakes in their ...uh...private parts. In order to protect themselves their men hire the services of professional 'testers.' As absurd as all this sounds, could Mandeville actually be describing some venereal disease? What light might this shed on the history of venereal epidemics? *** Some of the regions Mandeville describes can easily be localized, if only roughly. Others require a good grasp of ancient history, particularly the ancient names of localities. Still others are probably unidentifiable. This Penguin book would be improved if a glossary of such names were provided. Also, additional maps and illustrations would be very beneficial -- unfortunately this would increase the cost. *** One last thought: could the various human monstrosities described by Mandeville (people with dog's heads, etc.) have modern counterparts in television's Star Trek?

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