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Imperial fantasies: imagining Christian empire in three fourteenth-century versions of The Book of Sir John Mandeville

Imperial fantasies: imagining Christian empire in three fourteenth-century versions of The Book of Sir John Mandeville
Imperial fantasies: imagining Christian empire in three fourteenth-century versions of The Book of Sir John Mandeville
This article traces changing representations of empire in the world and attitudes to imperialism through three closely-related fourteenth-century versions of The Book of Sir John Mandeville. The earliest known versions of TBSJM, probably written either in England or Northern France, react to a profoundly changed understanding of the world system in the light of the expansion of Latin Christendom’s horizons in the thirteenth and fourteenth-centuries, and its descriptions of empires and their rulers within and beyond Europe reflect this changed understanding. Two significant revisions of the text produced within the borders of the Holy Roman Empire, however, are noteworthy for their resistance to their source-text’s world image. An analysis of these redactions shows how redactors’ notions of the place of Christian empire in the world and of their own historical relationships to empire shape their versions. This analysis nuances our understanding of the history of Christian imperialist thought in the late Middle Ages by showing how beliefs about empire were contested and remade as texts crossed political, cultural and linguistic borders.
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323-349
O'Doherty, Marianne
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O'Doherty, Marianne
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O'Doherty, Marianne (2017) Imperial fantasies: imagining Christian empire in three fourteenth-century versions of The Book of Sir John Mandeville. Medium Aevum, 86 (2), 323-349.

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This article traces changing representations of empire in the world and attitudes to imperialism through three closely-related fourteenth-century versions of The Book of Sir John Mandeville. The earliest known versions of TBSJM, probably written either in England or Northern France, react to a profoundly changed understanding of the world system in the light of the expansion of Latin Christendom’s horizons in the thirteenth and fourteenth-centuries, and its descriptions of empires and their rulers within and beyond Europe reflect this changed understanding. Two significant revisions of the text produced within the borders of the Holy Roman Empire, however, are noteworthy for their resistance to their source-text’s world image. An analysis of these redactions shows how redactors’ notions of the place of Christian empire in the world and of their own historical relationships to empire shape their versions. This analysis nuances our understanding of the history of Christian imperialist thought in the late Middle Ages by showing how beliefs about empire were contested and remade as texts crossed political, cultural and linguistic borders.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 May 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 November 2017
Published date: 18 November 2017
Additional Information: © SSMLL, 2017. Reproduced by permission of the copyright holder. Permission given by SSMLL 26.05.17 for version of record to be publicly available via institutional repository.
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Local EPrints ID: 410653
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410653
ISSN: 0025-8385
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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:18
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 07:48

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