Mandeville, Sir John
- M. C. Seymour
Mandeville, Sir John (supp.fl.c. 1357), supposed writer, was assumed to have written the Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier, which appeared anonymously in France c.1357; the name of the work's author is unknown. The book is a vernacular account of the known world, loosely based upon the alleged travels of its narrator, and was immediately and immensely popular. Alongside the French version and its recensions there were translations (often more than one) into German, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Irish, Danish, and Czech. Altogether over 250 manuscripts survive in twenty-two versions. In ...