Beginnings I: Africa in the Medieval European Imaginary

  • Kofi Omoniyi Sylvanus Campbell


I begin by briefly examining the immediate prehistory of Africa’s entrance into both the larger European imaginary and specifically the Middle English vernacular, for it is also the immediate history of the texts examined in the first half of this study.


Skin Colour Dark Skin Fifteenth Century Fourteenth Century Rhetorical Strategy 
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    See Phillips, chapter 8; and J. R. Masson, “Geographical Knowledge and Maps of Southern Africa before 1500 AD,” Terrae Incognitae 18 (1986): 1–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See Andrew Hadfield, ed., Amazons, Savages, and Machiavels: Travel and Colonial Writing in English, 1550–1630 ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 ).Google Scholar
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