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By John Mandeville

ISBN-10: 110149395X

ISBN-13: 9781101493953

Ostensibly written through an English knight, the Travels purport to narrate his reviews within the Holy Land, Egypt, India and China. Mandeville claims to have served within the nice Khan's military, and to have travelled in 'the lands beyond' - nations populated by means of dog-headed males, cannibals, Amazons and Pygmies. even though Marco Polo's a little prior narrative finally proved extra factually exact, Mandeville's was once well known, utilized by Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci and Martin Frobisher, and encouraging writers as diversified as fast, Defoe and Coleridge. This fascinating mix of truth, exaggeration and absurdity deals either attention-grabbing perception into and refined feedback of fourteenth-century conceptions of the world.

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What are these instruments (to you), a stylus and polished tablets? e. sexual) Virgil does not conceive of the Aeneid. They will make no songs worthy to be read or seen. . ]34 Virgil epitomizes the virtuous poet who disciplines himself to write for pos- terity. Milo's culpa is not his erotic desire, but the inappropriate ways he acts on it, which waste his forces and gain him nothing. Immediately after these lines, Fulcoius provides another ambiguous vision of eros, now with Dido as the subject: The Classicists of Northern France 29 lure furit Dido: Venus urget, agitque Cupido.

I discuss the lyrics of a number of major identifiable poets, both continental and insular, as well as many anonymous lyrics from more than half a dozen important Anglo-Latin manuscripts. I hope this book will at once make clearer the range of the Latin erotic lyrics in cir- culation in England and in the Anglo-Norman world during and after the twelfth century, and provide modern readers with a more solid understanding of just what these poems meant in their own time. Part One ADUMBRATIONS: EROTIC LATIN LYRIC IN THE ELEVENTH CENTURY chapter One The Classicists of Northern France HERE ARE ONLY two Anglo-Latin manuscripts containing erotic verse written before the second half of the twelfth century, and they are very different from each other.

He has a hard heart whom such a divine form or such pink cheeks did not touch. ]44 The speaker anatomizes the goddess for much of the poem's first thirty lines, criticizing all her self-decoration as an effort to resist his gaze: Contegis occulta candentes veste papillas, Candida cum nolit veste papilla tegi. Ne toga fluxa volet, reprimit tibi fascia corpus. Cum corpus venerer, si toga fluxa volet. [You cover up (your) shining breasts with hidden clothing, although a white breast does not wish to be covered with clothing.

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