The Book of John Mandeville

with Related Texts

by Iain Macleod Higgins

Series: Hackett Classics

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  • 1603846018
  • 9780872209350
  • 9781603846011
  • 9781603847803

A fictive traveler's guide to the East, both Near and Far, The Book of John Mandeville was a late--medieval best seller, more popular in its day than Marco Polo's Travels. In addition to a fresh, vibrant translation--the first from the Middle French original since the fifteenth century—this edition of The Book of John Mandeville offers a succinct, broad-ranging Introduction to the work that touches on the question of authorship, the sources on which the text drew, and the transformation and reception of the work down to the present day.

  • Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781603846011
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  • Title: The Book of John Mandeville
  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Author: Iain Macleod Higgins (ed.)
  • Imprint: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1603846018
  • 9780872209350
  • 9781603846011
  • 9781603847803

In The Press

Honorable Mention Recipient, 2011 MLA Scaglione Prize for an Outstanding Translation of a Literary Work:The Book of John Mandeville, one of the most important medieval travel books, has been translated into English from the original Anglo-Norman French for the first time since the late fourteenth century. Iain Macleod Higgins's accurate, readable, and judiciously edited rendering now supersedes the modernizations of Middle English versions that have hitherto been the English-speaking world's chief access to a work second only to Marco Polo's Travels in its influence and the duration of its popularity. Higgins's copious annotation, detailed index, and inclusion of translated excerpts from Mandeville's sources and other relevant texts make this a historically important contribution to our knowledge of medieval travel literature and of Western perceptions of non-Western peoples. Impressive scholarship combines with skillful translation of a medieval work with great modern relevance." --Modern Language Association

About The Author

Iain Macleod Higgins is Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies, University of Victoria.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1603846018
  • 9780872209350
  • 9781603846011
  • 9781603847803