Knights Legacy

Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England
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Ladan Niayesh
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The so-called Travels of Sir John Mandeville (c. 1356) was one of the most popular books of the late Middle-Ages. Translated into many European languages and widely circulating in both manuscript and printed forms, the pseudo English knight's account had a lasting influence on the voyages of discovery and durably affected Europe's perception of exotic lands and peoples.The early modern period witnessed the slow erosion of Mandeville's prestige as an authority and the gradual development of new responses to his book. Some still supported the account's general claim to authenticity while questioning details here and there, and some openly denounced it as a hoax. After considering the general issues of edition and reception of Mandeville in an opening section, the volume moves on to explore theological and epistemological concerns in a second section, before tackling literary and dramatic reworkings in a final section.Examining in detail a diverse range of texts and issues, these essays ultimately bear witness to the complexity of early modern engagements with a late medieval legacy which Mandeville emblematises.
The so-called Travels of Sir John Mandeville (c. 1356) was one of the most popular books of the late Middle Ages, highly influencing European perceptions of exotic lands and peoples at the onset of the Age of Discoveries. -- .
AcknowledgementsContributorsAbbreviationsForewordMary Baine CampbellPart I: Editions and Receptions1. Mandeville in England: the early years Michael S. Seymour2. 'Whet-stone leasings of old Maundevile': reading the Travels in early modern England Charles W. R. D. Moseley3. Mandeville reviviscent: early modern travel tales Kenneth ParkerPart II: Mandevillian Ideologies4. The four rivers of paradise: Mandeville and the Book of Genesis Leo Carruthers5. Mandeville On Muhammad: texts, contexts and influence Matthew Dimmock6. A 'science of dreams': 'the fantastic ethnography' of Sir Walter Ralegh and Baconian experimentalism Line CottegniesPart III: Mandevillian Stages7. Marlowe's Tamburlaine: the well-travelled tyrant and some of his unchecked baggage Richard Hillman8. Prester John writes back: the legend and its early modern reworkings Ladan Niayesh9. Stage-Mandevilles: the far east and the limits of representation in the theatre, 1621/2002 Gordon Mcmullan10. The politics of Mandevillian monsters in Richard Brome's The Antipodes Claire JowittIndex