Mandeville

M. C. Francis

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Abstract

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville was one of the most popular books of the later Middle Ages. Purporting to describe the circumnavigation of an English knight through Africa, India, and the Middle East in 1322, the narrative is a fantastical collection of sights: seas, islands, phoenixes, pyramids, rocks that enchant ships and apes that contain human souls, interwoven with geographical descriptions that are perfectly accurate. Matthew Francis's new collection is a sequence of poems that celebrate and give voice to Mandeville, in his own words, caught as he is between physical and symbolic geographies, between a world that is round and one that has Jerusalem at its centre. And all of it narrated in the terse, solitary, conflicted and strangely passionate voice of this medieval Crusoe whose very existence was disputed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFaber and Faber
Number of pages64
ISBN (Print)9780571239276
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2008

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  • Reading of Mandeville

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    08 Dec 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventFestival or Exhibition

  • Reading / Concert

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    04 Mar 2010

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Poetry Reading / Lecture

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    30 Apr 200901 May 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Rewriting Mandeville's Travels

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    19 Mar 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Poetry Reading

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    18 Mar 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Poetry Reading

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    17 Jun 2008

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Poetry Reading

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    22 May 2008

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Poetry Reading

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    21 May 2008

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Poetry Reading / Launch

    Matthew Francis (Speaker)

    09 Apr 2008

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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