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John de Mandeville (was: Re: Gothic...)

From:JOEL MATTHEW PEARSON <mpearson@...>
Date:Monday, September 6, 1999, 21:55
On Sun, 5 Sep 1999, Boudewijn Rempt wrote:

> On Sat, 4 Sep 1999, Danny Wier wrote: > > Ha, saw 'em. Good work! Question though -- those Mandeville fonts, what > > are they? > > Sir John de Mandeville published in 1356 an account of his 'travels' > to China. In order to add versimilitude to an otherwise unconvincing > narrative, he also included tables of the scripts used by the various > peoples he visited...
I've never heard of John de Mandeville, but I assume from your comments that his travelogue is a hoax, and that the scripts are invented. Any idea what he used as his source material? Or did he make everything up from scratch? Did he also include information on the languages he supposedly encountered? If so, that would make him a very early example of a conlanger, I guess. Int'resting stuff... Matt.