In 1322, Sir John Mandeville left England on an extraordinary thirty-four year voyage. He returned and wrote a book claiming it was possible to circumnavigate the globe.
For centuries none doubted Sir John, and many regarded him, not Chaucer, as the father of English prose.
But in the nineteenth century, sceptics questioned his voyage and suspected that he never left England at all. They said that The Travels was a work of imaginative fiction.
The Riddle and the Knight unearths clues about Mandeville's voyage and reveals the The Travels is built upon a series of riddles which have, until now, remained unsolved.
The Riddle and the Knight draws on Sir John Mandeville's Travels and the accounts of contemporary adventurers to bring the hitherto unexplored areas of the medieval world vividly to life.