. 20v (before
1333); British Library, MS Cotton Julius D. viii, fol. 105v (c. 1450)).
2 Michael Flanders, ‘The reluctant cannibal’, The Songs of Michael Flanders
and Donald Swann (London, 1977), pp. 64–6.
3 The word ‘cannibal’ derives from Caniba, a variant of Carib, the term used
by the both the islanders and Spanish colonists to designate the natives of
the Caribbean islands. Columbus promoted the belief that the Canibales
were savage man-eaters; their reputed dietary transgressions were quickly
exploited by the colonists as a justification for the decimation of
The wall texts of a Percy family manuscript and the Poulys Daunce of St Paul’s Cathedral
65 Google’s most well-known virtual tour explores Abbey Road, https://
insideabbeyroad.withgoogle.com/en. In a more serious example of
the political and historical role virtual imagery like that provided by
Google Earth can play: at the time of the writing of this chapter, satellite imagery was used by the UN to assess the state of the late antique
ruins at Palmyra, much of which had been overtaken and demolished
by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016.
66 Mimi Sheller, ‘Virtual islands: mobilities, connectivity, and the new
Caribbean spatialities’. Small