The Riddle and the Knight

The Riddle and the Knight : in Search of Sir John Mandeville

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In 1322 Sir John Mandeville left England on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Thirty-four years later, he returned, claiming to have visited not only Jerusalem, but India, China, Java, Sumatra and Borneo as well. His book about that voyage, THE TRAVELS, was heralded as the most important book of the Middle Ages as Mandeville claimed his voyage proved it was possible to circumnavigate the globe. In the nineteenth century sceptics questioned his voyage, and even doubted he had left England. THE RIDDLE AND THE KNIGHT sets out to discover whether Mandeville really could have made his voyage or whether, as is claimed, THE TRAVELS was a work of imaginative fiction. Bestselling historian Giles Milton unearths clues about the journey and reveals that THE TRAVELS is built upon a series of riddles which have, until now, remained unsolved.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 220g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Sceptre
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • b/w/ integrated
  • 0340819456
  • 9780340819456
  • 401,224

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Milton is a great storyteller ... he sets about filling in the historical gaps with relish, using his considerable imagination to conjure mood from dry parchment Sunday Express Grippingly told true adventure story Daily Mail 'Milton has a terrific eye for the kind of detail that can bring the past vividly to life'. The Spectator

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About Giles Milton

Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the bestselling author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Riddle and the Knight, White Gold, Samurai William, Paradise Lost and, most recently, Wolfram. He has also written two novels and two children's books, one of them illustrated by his wife Alexandra. He lives in South London.

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