Chapter 1 The Journey to Jerusalem: Mandeville and Hilton University of Virginia The two works I want to put alongside each other may never have been directly compared before. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville and Walter Hilton's Scale of Perfection are both prose texts from the second half of the fourteenth century that were widely read in England, but apart from that they may seem to have little in common. To modern readers, Mandeville's Travels is a strange kind of work. It has no fixed form; it survives in a great variety of versions in about three hundred manuscripts, in many European vernaculars and also in Latin. In England it seems to have begun circulating about 1360. Its author may have been, as he claims, a knight "that was born in Englond in the town of Seynt Albones, and passed the see in the yeer of oure lord Ihesu Crist m.ccc and xxii " (Prologue, p. 3)1, to embark on a series of journeys that took him through most of the known world; or he may have been, as M. C. Seymour and others believe, a Frenchman pretending to be that English knight--though who ever heard of
Essays in Medieval Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Apr 15, 2009
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