The Riddle and the Knight

The Riddle and the Knight

In Search of Sir John Mandeville, the World's Greatest Traveller

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Baker & Taylor
Reveals the life of the medieval knight whose accounts of journeys to Jerusalem, India, China, Tibet, and Sumatra inspired explorers and writers, but who was later discredited and ignored.

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According to his own account the most widely read travelogue in the Middle Ages Mandeville left England for the Holy Land in 1322 and returned in 1356 having meanwhile stopped by India, China, Tibet, Java, and Sumatra. Milton looks for the person who made such outlandish claims, noting that his view of the world was very different from most of his contemporaries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler--and chronicler-- in medieval Europe.

Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir John Mandeville, a long-forgotten knight who was once the most famous writer in medieval Europe. Mandeville wrote a book about his voyage around the world that became a beacon that lit the way for the great expeditions of the Renaissance, and his exploits and adventures provided inspiration for writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Keats. By the nineteenth century however, his claims were largely discredited by academics. Giles Milton set off in the footsteps of Mandeville, in order to test his amazing claims, and to restore Mandeville to his rightful place in the literature of exploration.
"Erudite, witty and adventurous" (The Mail on Sunday), The Riddle and the Knight is a brilliant piece of detective work.
Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler--and chronicler-- in medieval Europe.

Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir John Mandeville, a long-forgotten knight who was once the most famous writer in medieval Europe. Mandeville wrote a book about his voyage around the world that became a beacon that lit the way for the great expeditions of the Renaissance, and his exploits and adventures provided inspiration for writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Keats. By the nineteenth century however, his claims were largely discredited by academics. Giles Milton set off in the footsteps of Mandeville, in order to test his amazing claims, and to restore Mandeville to his rightful place in the literature of exploration.
"Erudite, witty and adventurous" (The Mail on Sunday), The Riddle and the Knight is a brilliant piece of detective work.


Baker
& Taylor

The author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg reconstructs the round-the-globe journey of Sir John Mandeville, the medieval knight who penned one of the great travelogues of all time. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374249977
0374249970
Branch Call Number: B MAN
Characteristics: 230 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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