The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
One of the most influential books of the medieval period, John Mandeville's fourteenth-century work was written, ostensibly, to encourage and instruct pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. A thorough compendium of medieval lore, the travel book proved to be a great success throughout Europe. (Among his alleged readers were Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher Columbus.)
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Dans son article " The sons of Noah and the construction of Ethnic and Geographical Identities in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods", Benjamin Braude se réfère souvent à ce livre de John Mandeville, qu'il considère comme l'une des plus importante oeuvre de la littérature séculaire de l'époque médiévale... On sait très peu sur l'auteur de ce livre qui est daté de la moitié du 14e siècle... A consulter !
Of the way from England to Constantinople
Of the city of Constantinople and of the faith of the Greeks
Of Saint John the Evangelist and of Hippocrates daughter turned into the shape of a dragon
Of different things in Cyprus of the route from Cyprus to Jerusalem and of the marvel of a ditch full of sand
and of the Tower of Babylon
of the city of Cairo how to know balm and of Josephs Barns
Of the isle of Sicily of the way from Babylon to Mount Sinai of the church of Saint Katherine and the wonders there
and Jerusalem of the Dry Tree and haw roses first came into the world
How men know through the idol if sick men will die or not of the people of different shapes and very ugly and of the monks who give their alms to ...
Of the Great Khan of Cathay of the royalty of his palace and how he sits at meat and of the great number of servants who serve him
Why men call him the Great Khan of the style of his letters of the inscription round his seals the great and the little etc
Of the organization of the court of the Great Khan when he holds solemn festival of his philosophers and of his arrangements when he progresses thr...
Of the faith and customs of the Tartars living in Cathay and what is done when the Great Khan dies and how he is chosen etc
Of the kingdom of Tarshish and of the lands and kingdoms towards the northern parts coming down from the land of Cathay
Of the empire of Persia of the land of darkness and of the other realms from Cathay to the Greek Sea
Of the countries and isles which are beyond the land of Cathay and of different fruits there of the twentytwo kings shut in within the mountains
Of the pilgrimages in Jerusalem and of the holy places thereabout
Of the Dead Sea of the River Jordan of the head of John the Baptist and of the customs in the country of the Samaritans
O the province of Galilee and where Antichrist will be born of the age of Oir Lady of the Day of Judgement and of the customs of the Syrian Jacobites
Of the city of Damascus of th ree rou tes to Jerusalem one by land and by sea and the next more by land than by sea and the third all by land
Of the customs of the Saracens and of their law how the Sultan talked with the author of this book and of the beginning of Muhammad etc
Of the lands of Albania and Libya of the desires in the Watching of the Sparrowhawk and of the Ark of Noah
Of the land of Job and of his age of the clothing of the people ofChaldea of the land where women live without the company of men and of the kno...
Of the customs in the isles around India of the distinction between idols and simulacres of three types of pepper growing on one tree and of the well t...
Of the judgements given by the hand of Saint Thomas the Apostle in the city ofCalamy of the devotion and sacrifice offered to idols there and of the ...
Of the foul customs followed in the isle of Lamory and how the earth and sea are of round shape proved by means of the Star Antarctic
Of the palace of the King of Java of the trees that bear flour honey wine and venom and of other marvels and customs in the environing isles
Of the royal estate of Prester John and of a rich man who built a wonderful castle and called it Paradise
Of the head of the devil in the Vale Perilous and of the customs of the peoples in different isles round there
Of the goodness of the people in the isle of Bragman of King Alexander and why Prester John is so called
Of the mountains of gold which the ants watch over and of the four rivers that come from the Earthly Paradise
Of the customs of the Kings and others living in the isles adjacent to Prester Johns land and of the honour which the son does to his dead father
APPENDIX I THE ALPHABETS
ISLES COUNTRIES AND DIRECTIONS