In a portion of Mandeville’s description of India, he goes to great lengths to discuss the “common” among some in Indian society. He writes that, among other things, “all the crops are held in common…nothing is locked away and each man is as rich as another” (79). Given Mandeville’s clear concern with the material culture / “goods” from the places
he visits, how might his idea of common ownership be problematic? More generally, what effect might descriptions of alternate political / societal systems have on a Medieval reader? Do you think Mandeville approves of such a system?