Sir John Mandeville

Biographical note

The ostensible author only of a book of travels bearing his name, written about the middle of the 14th century, giving an account of journeys in the East, including India and the Holy Land. It appears to have been compiled from the writings of William of Boldensele, Oderic of Pordenone, and Vincent de Beauvais. The name of Mandeville was probably fictitious.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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