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CHAPTER III
FOURTEENTH CENTURY - CHAUCER'S CENTURY

The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville, Kt. This account of distant countries and strange peoples purports to have been written by Sir John himself. He claims to be an English knight who has often journeyed to Jerusalem, and who puts forth this volume to serve as a guide-book to those wishing to make the pilgrimage. The introduction seems so " real " that it is a pity to be obliged to admit that the work is probably a combination of a few travellers' stories and a vast amount of imagination, and that, worse than all, there never was any " Sir John." It was first written in French, and then translated into English either in the fourteenth century or the early part of the fifteenth. The traveller has most marvellous experiences. He finds that in the Dead Sea

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