The Marvellous Adventures of Sir John Maundevile Kt
In one of these Isles be Folk of great Stature, as Giants. And they be hideous to look upon. And they have but one Eye, and that is in the Middle of the Forehead.
Chapter XIX
Sir John

The Marvellous Adventures of Sir John Maundevile Kt

Being his Voyage and Travel which treateth of the Way to Jerusalem and of the Marvels of Ind with other Islands and Countries

Edited by Arthur Layard

The fourteenth-century call to Crusade through a symbolic mapping of the world, known and unknown.

Bibliographic Record Preface



The Prologue
I. To teach you the Way out of England to Constantinople
II. Of the Cross and the Crown of our Lord Jesu Christ
III. Of the City of Constantinople, and of the Faith of the Greeks
IV. Of the Way from Constantinople to Jerusalem. Of Saint John the Evangelist. And of the Daughter of Ypocras, transformed from a Woman to a Dragon
V. Of many Names of Sultans, and of the Tower of Babylon
VI. Of the Desert between the Church of Saint Catherine and Jerusalem. Of the Dry Tree; and how Roses came first into the World
VII. Of the Pilgrimages in Jerusalem, and of the Holy Places thereabout
VIII. Of the Temple of our Lord. Of the Cruelty of King Herod. Of the Mount Sion. Of Probatica Piscina; and of Natatorium Siloe
IX. Of the Dead Sea; and of the River Jordan. Of the Head of Saint John the Baptist; and of the Usages of the Samaritans
X. Of the Province of Galilee, and where Anti-Christ shall be born. Of Nazareth. Of the age of Our Lady. Of the Day of Doom. And of the Customs of the Jacobites and the Syrians; and of the Usages of the Georgians
XI. Of the City of Damascus. Of 3 Ways to Jerusalem; one, by Land and by Sea; another, more by land than by sea; and the 3rd Way to Jerusalem, all by Land
XII. Of the Customs of Saracens, and of their Law. And how the Sultan questioned me, the Author of this Book; and of the beginning of Mohammet
XIII. Of the Lands of Albania and of Libia. Of the Wishings for Watching the Sparrow-hawk; and of Noah’s Ship
XIV. Of the Land of Job; and of his Age. Of the Array of Men of Chaldea. Of the Land where Women dwell without Company of Men. Of the Knowledge and Virtues of the true Diamond
XV. Of the Customs of Isles about Ind. Of the Difference betwixt Idols and Simulacres. Of 3 Manners of Pepper growing upon one Tree. Of the Well that changeth his Odour every Hour of the Day; and that is a Marvel
XVI. Of the Judgments made by St. Thomas. Of Devotion and Sacrifice made to Idols there, in the City of Calamye; and of the Procession in the going about the City
XVII. Of the evil Customs used in the Isle of Lamary. And how the Earth and the Sea be of round Form and Shape, by Proof of the Star that is clept Antarctic, that is fixed in the South
XVIII. Of the Palace of the King of the Isle of Java. Of the Trees that bear Meal, Honey, Wine, and Venom; and of other Marvels and Customs used in the Isles marching thereabout
XIX. How Men know by the Idol, if the Sick shall die or not. Of Folk of diverse Shape and marvellously disfigured. And of the Monks that give their Leavings to Baboons, Apes and Marmosets, and to other Beasts
XX. Of the great Chan of Cathay. Of the Royalty of his Palace, and how he sits at Meat; and of the great Number of Officers that serve him
XXI. Wherefore he is clept the great Chan. Of the Style of his Letters; and of the Superscription about his great Seal and his Privy Seal
XXII. Of the Governance of the great Chan’s Court, and when he maketh solemn Feasts. Of his Philosophers. And of his Array, when he rideth by the Country
XXIII. Of the Law and the Customs of the Tartars dwelling in Cathay. And how that Men do when the Emperor shall die, and how he shall be chosen
XXIV. Of the Realm of Thurse and the Lands and Kingdoms towards the Septentrional or Northern Parts, in coming down from the Land of Cathay
XXV. Of the Emperor of Persia, and of the Land of Darkness; and of other Kingdoms that belong to the great Chan of Cathay, and other Lands of his, unto the Sea of Greece
XXVI. Of the Countries and Isles that be beyond the Land of Cathay; and of the Fruits there; and of the 22 Kings enclosed within the Mountains
XXVII. Of the Royal Estate of Prester John. And of a rich Man that made a marvellous Castle and called it Paradise; and of his Subtlety
XXVIII. Of the Devil’s Head in the Valley Perilous. And of the Customs of Folk in diverse Isles that be about in the Lordship of Prester John
XXIX. Of the Goodness of the Folk of the Isle of Bragman. Of King Alexander. And wherefore the Emperor of Ind is clept Prester John
XXX. Of the Hills of Gold that Pismires keep. And of the 4 Rivers that come from Terrestrial Paradise
XXXI. Of the Customs of Kings and others that dwell in the Isles coasting to Prester John’s Land. And of the Worship that a Son doth to his Father when he is dead