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Medieval Travel Writing: Journeys to the Holy Land, India and China


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This project provides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel - real and imaginary - in the Middle Ages.

These sources tell us much about the attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature and science. They will be welcomed by scholars in both literature and history as well as by French and German studies departments.

The project combines:

- Multiple manuscript sources detailing the journeys of famous travellers from Prester John and Marco Polo to Sir John Mandeville and John Capgrave

- Translations and supporting materials (all of which are fully searchable)

- Interactive maps showing the routes of the travellers

- Introductory essays by leading scholars

Source Libraries:

The manuscripts are sourced from the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, Heidelberg University, Berlin Staatsbibliothek, the National Library of Vienna, St Gall Cloister Library in Switzerland, the Beinecke Library at Yale University and about 30 other Libraries and Archives to make a truly international collection.

Nature of the Material:

The core of the material is a magnificent collection of medieval manuscripts from libraries around the world and dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. These have been reproduced in colour where appropriate. These are augmented by an array of translations and supporting materials (all of which are fully searchable) and interactive maps showing the routes of the travellers.

Scope of the Collection:

This project provides an extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.

Featured authors include Ambassadors, Missionaries, Merchants, and Fantasists such as:

- Prester John

- John of Plano Carpini

- Ascelin

- William of Rubruck

- Marco Polo

- Ricoldo de Montecroce

- Jordanus of Severac

- Haiton of Armenia

- Oderic of Pordenone

- Sir John Mandeville

- Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo

- Hans (Johann) Schiltberger

- Johannes Witte de Hesse

- John Capgrave

A good number of manuscript images are provided in full colour. The original documents are in a range of languages including French, Latin, German, Spanish, Dutch and English. Translations will be an important feature of the project and the full text search capability will be especially useful for undergraduates. Supporting the manuscripts are relevant secondary texts, maps of journeys, bibliographies and glossaries.

The content of this collection is suitable for teaching in Medieval Studies as well as wider topics such as concepts of race, cartography, and post-colonial studies.

Essays by the Consultant Editors will provide a good introduction to the collection and contain hyperlinks that take the user directly to the source material. Essay themes include:

- The Travelers and their Accounts

- Travel and Pilgrimage

- Medieval Travel, Mapping & Geographical Concepts

- Medieval Travel, Perceptions of Race, of the East, Orientalism and post-colonial literature

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