Seller
Your price
£5.00
RRP: £8.99
Save £3.99 (44%)

The Book of Marvels and Travels

Oxford World's Classics

By (author) John Mandeville
Translated by Anthony Bale
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Nov 2012
Dimensions: w 132mm h 195mm d 15mm
Weight: 170g
ISBN-10: 0199600600
ISBN-13: 9780199600601
Barcode No: 9780199600601
Synopsis
'Another island in the Great Ocean has many sinful and malevolent women, who have precious gems in their eyes.' 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. He tells us about the Sultan in Cairo, the Great Khan in China, and the mythical Christian prince Prester John. There are giants and pygmies, cannibals and Amazons, headless humans and people with a single foot so huge it can shield them from the sun . Forceful and opinionated, the narrator is by turns bossy, learned, playful, and moralizing, with an endless curiosity about different cultures. Written in the fourteenth century, the Book is a captivating blend of fact and fantasy, an extraordinary travel narrative that offers some revealing and unexpected attitudes towards other races and religions. It was immensely popular, and numbered among its readers Chaucer, Columbus, and Thomas More. Anthony Bale's new translation emphasizes the book's readability, and his introduction and notes bring us closer to Mandeville's medieval worldview. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

New & Used

Seller Information Condition Price
-New£6.62
+ FREE UK P & P
- -
nikitagupta
Good condition, small rip on the cover page and a few ruffled pages but otherwise perfect condition.Very Good£5.00
+ £3.00 UK P & P

What Reviewers Are Saying

Submit your review
Newspapers & Magazines
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 *