How Many Miles to Babylon?: Travels and Adventures to Egypt and Beyond, from 1300 to 1640by Anne Wolff
'In the medieval mind, Egypt was always a place of wonders', and those that visited it were at liberty to tell incredulous stories upon their return. The post-Crusades era saw an increase in travel to the Near East and Egypt largely by merchants and pilgrims and a proliferation of travel literature. Anne Wolff uses the accounts of these travellers to examine the society and culture of Egypt from the 14th to mid-17th century. She looks at the nature of Mamluk rule, Egyptian customs, as well as studying inscriptions of the Egyptian couontryside, the Nile, cities such as Cairo, and ancient sites and sacred shrines visited. Among the accounts cited are those of pilgrims visiting the monastery of St Catherine, those crossing the desert on their way to Mecca, merchants from Venice travelling to Egypt to acquire goods from the Far East and India.
- Liverpool University Press
- Publication date:
- Liverpool University Press - Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures Ser.
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
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