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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Feb 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1482565188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482565188
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,248,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", is the name claimed by the compiler of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, a book account of his supposed travels, which probably first appeared in Anglo-Norman French, and first circulated between 1357 and 1371.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basileus on 13 May 2011
Format: Paperback
"The travels of Sir John Mandeville" tells the story of Mandeville's travels around the then known world in the 14th century. It provides a fascinating glimpse of a medieval world and medieval worldview. World famous are the descriptions of people with only one big foot, or with dog heads, but the book is full of many great little stories, making it a joy to read.

The book did inspire generations of explorers to reach out beyond their realm. Many explorers used Mandeville's book as a source of knowledge in their discoveries of the world. As such, this is one of the more influential books in world history, and is even today used as a source of inspiration for writers. Milton's "The riddle and the knight" and Eco's "Baudolino" are just two examples of recent books triggered by Mandeville's stories that spring to mind.

The writing style is very recognizable as Medieval. The introduction and explanatory notes from C. Moseley are worthwhile reading as well, because they put the story into context and reveal some hidden information and text analysis.

For anybody interested in medieval history and fantasy stories, this is a little gem of a book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Minkle MacTinkle on 30 May 2007
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I cannot hide my bias about this book; it is my absolute favourite. One of the major differences between ourselves and the Medieval World was the notion of the East and the concept of otherness. The World Sir John Mandeville chronicled was the World we see on antique maps, there is scant regard for topographical accuracy but a wonderful mixture of beasts and monsters. There is controversy as to whether this 'Knight' ever ventured anywhere, some even believe that the name itself is made up. All these issues add to the mystery and sense of adventure in what must be one of the World's first travel books.
In our 'Age of Reason' we try to explain everything using rational methods and scientific experiment, this book succeeds in doing the opposite. We are introduced to unknown exotica with wonderfully descriptive prose, without our technical vocabulary and jargon the foreign lands and peoples really come to life. Once you have read this book you can enter into the debate as to who this mysterious man was and if he did exist... then where did he actually go? If you reach this stage then you need to get a copy of Giles Milton's 'Riddle and the Knight'.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 1 Dec 2003
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Mandeville's 'Travels' was a medieval best-seller, a fiction of a guide to the world beyond our shores. He conjures up fantastical beasts and societies no one had ever seen, a product of his fertile imagination rather than of any garnered intelligence or experience of travel. Anyone wanting to understand the medieval mind, and its fear that the world beyond the next hill might be a terrifying place, should read Mandeville; as should anyone wanting to write fantasy.
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I bought this book to use as a 'lonely planet' style guide to world travel and it's served me very well indeed.
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