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The Book of Marvels and Travels

John Mandeville
Anthony Bale

September 2012

ISBN: 9780199600601

224 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. A captivating blend of fact and fantasy, Mandeville's Book is newly translated in an edition that brings us closer to Mandeville's worldview.

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In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. A captivating blend of fact and fantasy, Mandeville's Book is newly translated in an edition that brings us closer to Mandeville's worldview.

  • A lively new translation of Sir John Mandeville's Book of Marvels and Travels, the classic and highly entertaining medieval account of a journey from Europe to the Holy Land and beyond, and the many marvellous and monstrous peoples and animals living there.
  • The new translation by Anthony Bale emphasizes readability and accessibility, preserving Mandeville's forceful and sometime playful narrative voice.
  • The Introduction considers questions of authorship and origins, the early travel narrative, Crusading and religious difference, fantasy and the European Age of Discovery and Mandeville's pervasive popularity and influence.
  • Helpful notes on historical context and insights into medieval culture and attitudes.
  • Includes a note on medieval measurements, three maps, an index of places and a general index.

About the Author(s)

John Mandeville

Anthony Bale, Professor of Medieval Studies, Birkbeck College, London

Anthony Bale studied at the universities of Oxford and York and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published widely on various medieval topics, including Anglo-Jewish history, the poetry of Chaucer and Lydgate, the cult of St Edmund and fifteenth-century literature. His most recent book is Feeling Persecuted: Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages (Reaktion, 2010).

Reviews

"Bale shows a lightness of touch in translation, which remains close to the syntax of the Middle English while avoiding archaism Bale's introduction offers a pithy and elegant overview of current scholarship on the nature of the text." - Kim M. Phillips, Studies in the Age of Chaucer

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