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date: 19 October 2019

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This article examines the work of Richard Hakluyt, the most famous armchair traveller in early modern England. It demonstrates the extensive interaction between travel writing and prose fiction, with each type of writing borrowing style and content from the other so that voyage narratives were often imagined in terms of chivalric romance and heroic tales, narrated as mercantile quests for survival and profit as much as glory and honour. Hakluyt's Principal Navigations is the most significant collection of travel literature ever to be published in English. First printed in 1589 and running to over 1,760,000 words in three folio volumes by the time the second edition is printed in 1598𠀓1600, it is also one of the largest collections of Renaissance English prose, intimately connected with both its predecessors and successors in the field of travel writing.

Keywords: English prose, travel writers, travel writing, prose style, Principal Navigations

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