The Riddle and the Knight

In Search of Sir John Mandeville, the World's Greatest Traveler

Giles Milton

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Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir John Mandeville, a long-forgotten knight who was once the most famous writer in medieval Europe. Mandeville wrote a book about his voyage around the world that became a beacon that lit the way for the great expeditions of the Renaissance, and his exploits and adventures provided inspiration for writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Keats. By the nineteenth century however, his claims were largely discredited by academics. Giles Milton set off in the footsteps of Mandeville, in order to test his amazing claims, and to restore Mandeville to his rightful place in the literature of exploration.

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“Count on author Giles Milton to be witty, entertaining and intellectually stimulating....Brilliant.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“[Milton] demonstrate[s] his sharp eye for the significant detail or event....Engaging.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A rare and excellent work that combines scholarship with intrigue, Milton’s book may induce that wonderful swoon usually contracted after long hours researching libraries and labyrinths of history.” —Publishers Weekly

“Pioneer traveller or shameless charlatan, Sir John Mandeville had a huge influence both on the history of exploration and on all subsequent English literature. Here at last is a book which, while always readable and amusing, takes Sir John Mandeville as seriously as he deserves.” —John Julius Norwich

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Giles Milton

Giles Milton is the author of the critically acclaimed Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History (1999) and, most recently, Big Chief Elizabeth: The Adventures and Fate of the First English Colonists in America (2000). He lives in London.

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The Riddle and the Knight
In Search of Sir John Mandeville, the World's Greatest Traveler
Giles Milton

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
November 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312421298
ISBN10: 031242129X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages, Includes illustrations
$17.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466807136
ISBN10: 146680713X
240 pages, Includes illustrations
$7.99
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