The buke of John Maundeville

  • Middle English
  • English texts

Middle English version of an Old French text on the travels of one Sir John Mandeville in the Middle and Near East.

Ascribed to: Mandeville (John)
Mandeville (John)
(supp. fl. 14th century)
A fictitious English knight to whom a travel memoir, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, is ascribed. The work first appeared in French and English and was translated into many other languages, including Irish and Welsh.

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London, British Library, MS Egerton 1982
  • Middle English
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For an Early Modern Irish version, see Eachtra Sheóin Mandavil.

Related: Eachtra Sheóin MandavilEachtra Sheóin MandavilAn Irish translation / adaptation, probably of The buke of John Maundeville, which is itself a Middle English version of the Anglo-Norman text on the travels of Sir John Mandeville.Welsh prose MandevilleWelsh prose Mandeville

A Welsh prose rendition of The Buke of John Mandeville. Its source has been identified as Thomas East’s printed edition published in 1568.

Ymddiddan a fv rhwng yr holwr a’r gigfranYmddiddan a fv rhwng yr holwr a’r gigfran

Versified Welsh version of the Travels of Sir John Mandeville, attributed to Richard ap John of Scorlegan (16th century).


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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Seymour, M. C. [ed.], The Egerton version of Mandeville’s travels, Early English Text Society, 336, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
[ed.] Kohanski, Tamarah, and C. David Benson [eds.], The book of John Mandeville, Middle English Texts Series, Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007.
[ed.] Warner, G. F. [ed.], The buke of John Maundeville: being the Travels of Sir John Mandeville, a hitherto unpublished English version from the unique copy, Egerton MS., 1982, in the British Museum, Westminster: Roxburghe Club, 1889.
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Tzanaki, Rosemary, Mandeville’s medieval audiences: a study on the reception of the ‘Book’ of Sir John Mandeville (1371–1550), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.
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