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    • ISBN:9780340819456
    • Publication date:04 Oct 2001

The Riddle and the Knight

In Search of Sir John Mandeville

By Giles Milton

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Bestselling author Giles Milton takes us on an extraordinary journey and uncovers the answer to one of greatest historical riddles

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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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
PRAISE FOR GILES MILTON'S PREVIOUS BOOKS
BIG CHIEF ELIZABETH is a cracking read, a successful attempt at popular history — Evening Standard
Milton ... draws a vivid picture of the terrible hardships the settlers endured — The Times
'Milton knits together the most vivid anecdotes and descriptions from a very colourful literature of exploration and colonization, and anyone wanting easy access to them has it here'. — The Times Literary Supplement
BIG CHIEF ELIZABETH has it all: gallant English seadogs, coiffured courtiers, exotic locations, and lots of fights - with pirates, with Spaniards, with Indians. — Sunday Telegraph
A wonderfully colourful story told with pace and verve — Sunday Telegraph
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