A way used as an ironic source of comparison with the

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a way used as an ironic source of comparison with the disagreeable, typically pagan human(-oid) forms that Mandeville (supposedly) came across. With respect to the first half of the work: the fact that these wondrous forms (which would be a series of remarkable assets to the Christian revolutionary cause) were found in almost exclusively non-Christian lands, emphasizes what seems to be Mandeville’s point throughout the entire work- there needs to be a religious revolution- the Crusades had to happen. Throughout his journey, he speaks with a selection of different pagan rulers whom all, for the most part, seem to have an understanding of (and respect for) Christianity. Mandeville ends up, or so it seems, getting the idea that while the pagan religion(s) were still not the way to go, the pagans may have in fact been acting more virtuously that the Christians had been throughout history. One sultan attributes this fact to the Holy Land having fallen into pagan control. Mandeville seems to take this message as advice on how such a revolution should proceed, as well as an implicit reminder of how much potential there really is for change.
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