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Medieval Travel Writing

Digitized medieval manuscripts from around the world, dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a focus on accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.

Publication Details

  • Time-span 13th to 16th centuries
  • Subscription Type SUBSCRIPTION
  • Publisher Adam Matthew
  • Notes
    • Medieval Travel, Pilgrimage, Mapping and Geographical Concepts, Far East
  • Languages English, French, Latin, German, Spanish, Dutch
  • Resource Types E-Books and E-Texts
  • Description Extensive collection medieval manuscripts from archives and libraries around the world, dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a focus on accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China. Documents attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature and science. Sources detail the journeys of famous travelers from Marco Polo to John Capgrave, and the stories of legendary figures such as Prester John and Sir John Mandeville, with translations, route maps, and introductory essays. Featured people include ambassadors, missionaries, merchants, fantasists, and literary creations.