Travellers, Intellectuals, and the World Beyond Medieval Europe

Travellers, Intellectuals, and the World Beyond Medieval Europe

by James Muldoon
     
 

As the articles reprinted in this volume demonstrate, medieval men and women were curious about the world around them. They wanted to hear about distant lands and the various peoples who inhabited them. Travellers' tales, factual or fictional, and colorful mappaemundi entertained people and illustrated these other lands and peoples. Medieval travel literature was also…  See more details below

Overview

As the articles reprinted in this volume demonstrate, medieval men and women were curious about the world around them. They wanted to hear about distant lands and the various peoples who inhabited them. Travellers' tales, factual or fictional, and colorful mappaemundi entertained people and illustrated these other lands and peoples. Medieval travel literature was also informative, generating proto:&ndashethnological information about the world beyond Latin Christendom that provided useful guidance for those such as merchants and missionaries who intended to travel abroad. These articles illustrate how travellers' reports in turn shaped the European response to the world beyond Europe, and are set in context in the editor's introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754659747
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
12/10/2010
Series:
The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500 Series
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

James Muldoon is Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, and Invited Research Scholar at the The John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, USA

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