The Travels of Sir John Mandeville were edited anony- mously in. , in the version for which a ‘Cotton’ manuscript in the British. Museum is our only extant. I Viaggi di Sir John Mandeville Los Viajes de Sir John Mandeville Die Reisen des Ritters John Mandeville. Type. Manuscript. Extent / Format. 32 pages / x. CHAPTER XXIX. OF THE COUNTRIES AND ISLES THAT BE BEYOND THE LAND OF CATHAY; AND OF THE FRUITS THERE; AND OF TWENTY-TWO KINGS.

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John Mandeville

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Sir John Mandeville appears as the author of one of the most spread travel books during the middle Ages, if not the most spread. About the author there is little to know but for what he said.

And wherefore the loss of Ind is clept Prester John.

Finally, de Bourgogne wrote under his own name a treatise on the plagueextant in Latin, French and English texts, and in Latin and English abridgments. And there groweth a manner of fruit, as though it were gourds. For he hath his talons so long and so large and great upon his feet, as though they were horns of great oxen or of bugles or of kine, so that men make cups of them to drink of.

He referred to Mandeville and his reflections about the spherical Earth and the possibility of its circumnavigation to gain the economic support of Queen Isabella. These passages are almost always swollen with interpolated particulars, usually of an extravagant kind. And there be rivers of waters that be full bitter, three sithes more than is the water of the sea.

Even in that part of the book which might be supposed to represent some genuine experience, there are the plainest traces that another work has been made use of, more or less—we might almost say as a framework to fill up. But one griffin hath the body more great and is more strong than eight lions, of such lions as be on this half, and more great and stronger than an hundred eagles such as we have amongst us.

Nor does it follow that the whole work is borrowed or fictitious. And when they see the fox, they shall have great marvel of him, because that they saw never such a beast.


Of the age of Our Lady. Medieval legends 14th-century explorers European folklore. Tanner Bibliotheca alleges that Mandeville wrote several books on medicine, and among the Ashmolean manuscripts in the Bodleian Library are a medical receipt by John de Magna Villa No.

Wherefore men may not dwell in that place, so is it full of dragons, of serpents and of other venomous beasts, that no man dare not pass, but if it be strong winter. No contemporary corroboration of the existence of such a Jehan de Mandeville is known.

That one came in who was more venerable than the others by reason of his age and white hairs, was evidently expert in his art, and was commonly called Magister Iohannes ad Barbam. And they eat men when they may take them. For one griffin there vijaes bear, flying to his nest, a great horse, if he may find him at the point, or two oxen yoked together as they go at the plough. As he was on his way to Orient jihn decided to continue to the East. But when he saw that he might not mandevville it, ne bring it to an end, he prayed to God of nature that he would perform that that he had begun.

Dr Vogels controverts these positions, arguing that the first English version from the French was the complete Cotton text, and that the defective English copies were made from a defective English MS.

The words of the original “je eusse cest livret mis en latin Whoever was really behind the mysterious pseudonym of Jean de Mandevillewho presented himself as an English knight, remains contested to this day. Sign up in 30 sec. Of the wishings for watching of the sparrow-hawk; and of Noah’s ship. In the time of anti-Christ madeville fox shall make there his train, and mine an hole where King Alexander let make the gates; and so long he shall mine and pierce the earth, till that he shall pass through towards that folk.

A cursory comparison of this with Mandeville leaves no doubt that the latter has followed its thread, though digressing on every side, and too often eliminating the vixjes good sense of the German traveler. Even the great Moorish traveller Ibn Battutaaccurate and veracious in the main, seems—in one part at least of his narrative—to invent experiences; and, in such works as those of Jan van Hees nandeville Arnold von Harffwe have examples of pilgrims to the Holy Land whose narratives begin apparently in sober truth, and gradually pass into flourishes vijaes fiction and extravagance.

Now hohn some men ask, since that the sea is on that one side, wherefore go they not out on the sea side, for to go where that them liketh? From that land go men toward the land of Bacharia, where be full evil folk and full cruel.


John de Mandeville crossed the sea in ; had traversed by way of Turkey Asia Minor and CiliciaTartaryPersiaSyria loss, ArabiaEgypt upper and lower, Libyathe great part of EthiopiaChaldeaAmazoniaIndia the Less, the Greater and the Middle, and many countries about India; had often been to Jerusalem, and had written in Romance languages as more generally understood than Latin.

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The remorse drove him to the Holy Land, mohn first part of his book is a description of his journey to the real life scenarios of Jesus. The earliest surviving text is in French. And interspersed, especially in the chapters about the Levantare the stories mandveille legends that were retailed to every pilgrim, such as the legend of Seth and the grains of paradise from which grew the wood of the crossthat jihn the shooting of old Cain by Lamechthat of the castle of the sparrow-hawk which appears in the tale of Melusinethose of the origin of the balsam plants at Masariya, of the dragon of Cos, of the river Sambationetc.

And of the customs of Jacobites, Syrians; and of the usages of Georgians. From thence go men by many journeys through the land of Prester John, the great Emperor of Ind. The first English translation direct from the French was made at least as early maneeville the beginning of the 15th century from a manuscript of which many pages were lost.

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Of the Mount Sion. Yet, as has been intimated, the borrowed stories are frequently claimed as such experiences. The current codex was thought more as an art work than as a book, since it lacks the text, only mnadeville some of the main characters.

The sources of the book, which include various authors besides those included in this article specified, have been laboriously investigated by Albert Bovenschen [f] and George F. And how the Soldan reasoned me, author of this book; and of the beginning of Mohammet.

An early printed Latin translation made from the French has been already quoted, but four others, unprinted, have been discovered by Dr Johann Vogels. In that country be many griffins, more plenty than in any other country. Of folk of diverse shape and marvellously disfigured.