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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date September 1, 2005
Pages 224
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780141441436
ISBN-10 0141441437
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.38 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $15.00
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Summary
Presents Mandeville's fourteenth-century account of the Holy Land, Egypt, India, and China, which includes a mixture of fact, exaggeration, and improbability.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Ostensibly written by an English knight, the Travels purport to relate his experiences in the Holy Land, Egypt, India and China. Mandeville claims to have served in the Great Khan's army, and to have travelled in 'the lands beyond' - countries populated by dog-headed men, cannibals, Amazons and Pygmies. Although Marco Polo's slightly earlier narrative ultimately proved more factually accurate, Mandeville's was widely known, used by Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci and Martin Frobisher, and inspiring writers as diverse as Swift, Defoe and Coleridge. This intriguing blend of fact, exaggeration and absurdity offers both fascinating insight into and subtle criticism of fourteenth-century conceptions of the world.

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