Medieval Travel and Travelers: A Reader

Edited by John F. Romano

© 2020

It is widely believed that people living in the Middle Ages seldom traveled. But, as Medieval Travel and Travelers reveals, many medieval people – and not only Marco Polo – were on the move for a variety of different reasons.

Assuming no previous knowledge of medieval civilizations, this volume allows readers to experience the excitement of men and women who ventured into new lands. By addressing cross-cultural interaction, religion, and travel literature, the collection sheds light on how travel shaped the way we perceive the world, while also connecting history to the contemporary era of globalization. Including a mix of complete sources, excerpts, and images, Medieval Travel and Travelers provides readers with opportunities for further reflection on what medieval people expected to find in foreign locales, while sparking curiosity about undiscovered spaces and cultures.

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  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
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  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Illustrations: 13
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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Drawing on medieval sources from western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world, this book will fascinate anyone interested in the history of travel and aspects of cultural interaction with the "other."

Medieval Travel and Travelers: A Reader

Edited by John F. Romano

© 2020

It is widely believed that people living in the Middle Ages seldom traveled. But, as Medieval Travel and Travelers reveals, many medieval people – and not only Marco Polo – were on the move for a variety of different reasons.

Assuming no previous knowledge of medieval civilizations, this volume allows readers to experience the excitement of men and women who ventured into new lands. By addressing cross-cultural interaction, religion, and travel literature, the collection sheds light on how travel shaped the way we perceive the world, while also connecting history to the contemporary era of globalization. Including a mix of complete sources, excerpts, and images, Medieval Travel and Travelers provides readers with opportunities for further reflection on what medieval people expected to find in foreign locales, while sparking curiosity about undiscovered spaces and cultures.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Illustrations: 13
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Our investigations of travel and travelers in the pre-modern age continue to thrive at an amazing rate, but we also. need to didacticize curate the countless texts for the classroom. John F.. Romano here . comes to our rescue with this marvelous reader which includes both texts and images, and maps. and also adds copies of relevant maps.

    While some of the selections are quite familiar like Marco Polo and Margery Kempe (Marco Polo, Margery Kempe), he has made an impressive attempt to include especially. Arabic, Jewish, and Persian authors who traveled naturally much. further east (China)to China or west to Africa(Africa) than most Europeans.are also included. In a way,. Romano allows us to embark on a global examination of the medieval world and to leave the shackles of Eurocentrism behind., which is a natural process because most travelers have always crossed boundaries and explored new worlds.. Most intriguingly, the editor groups the text excerpts thematically, which makes possible to recognize significant parallels and shared experiences. This is not only a very pragmatic and. welcome textbook, it also opens new perspectives through the inclusion of many authors who have commonly been ignored in western scholarship."


    Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona

    "Medieval Travel and Travelers brings together a fascinating and diverse set of sources, which are sure to challenge readers to revisit their ideas about both the global experience of travel and the medieval world. Familiar travelers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta are placed alongside an expansive range of material, including maps, phrasebooks, itineraries, business letters, poems, and diplomatic reports, in ways which will lead to important questions and exchanges. While the volume remains accessible to students and newcomers to medieval sources, even specialists are likely to find something new and thought-provoking here, whether an unfamiliar text or a surprising juxtaposition."


    Kate M. Craig, Auburn University
  • Author Information

    John F. Romano is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Benedictine College.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Chapter One: Mapping Out Journeys

    1. Maps
    a. T-O World Map
    b. Osma Beatus World Map
    c. Sawley (or Henry of Mainz) World Map
    d. Al-Idrisi World Map
    e. Carte pisane
    2. Woodcuts of Cities (Parens [Poreč ], Corfu, Modon [Methoni])
    3. Woodcuts of People
    a. “Exotic” People (Saracens [Muslims], Jews, Greeks, Syrians, Ethiopians, Turks)
    b. Monsters
    4. Cosmas Indikopleustes, The Christian Topography of Cosmas
    5. Einsiedeln Itinerary
    6. Einhard, The Translation and Miracles of Marcellinus and Peter
    7. Paris Conversations
    8. Richer of St-Rémi, Histories
    9. Jordanus of Severac, Mirabilia descripta
    10. Book of the Knowledge of All Kingdoms, Lands, and Lordships That Are in the World

    Chapter Two: Religious Journeys

    11. Travel Prayers in the Gregorian Sacramentary
    12. The Vision of Adamnán
    13. Life of Anskar
    14. The Western European Monk Bernard’s Journey to Jerusalem
    15. Al-Tabari, The Prophet Ascends to the Seventh Heaven
    16. The Seafarer
    17. The Russian Primary Chronicle
    18. Life of Saint Christopher
    19. Benedict the Pole, Narrative
    20. Pascal de Vitoria, Letter
    21. The Book of Margery Kempe

    Chapter Three: Business Journeys

    22. Ibn Khurraddadhbih, Book of Routes and Realms
    23. The Reports of Ohthere and Wulfstan
    24. Letters from Jewish Merchants in the Cairo Geniza
    25. Marco Polo, Travels
    26. Francesco Balducci Pegolotti, Merchant Handbook
    27. Afanasy Nikitin, Voyage beyond Three Seas

    Chapter Four: Diplomatic Journeys

    28. Ibn Fadlan, Mission to the Volga
    29. Liudprand of Cremona, Retribution and Embassy
    30. Rabban Sauma, Travelogue
    31. Ghiyyath al-Din Naqqash, A Persian Embassy to China
    32. Abd-al-Razzaq Samarqandi, Narrative of the Journey

    Chapter Five: Journeys of Discovery and Adventure

    33. Saga of the Greenlanders
    34. Nasir-i Khusraw, Book of Travels
    35. Benjamin of Tudela, Itinerary
    36. Ibn Jubayr, Travels
    37. Ibn Battuta, Rihla
    38. Petrarch, Ascent of Mt. Ventoux
    39. Pero Tafur, Voyages and Adventures
    40. Jörg von Ehingen, Diary

    Sources
    Index of Topics

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