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    A travel guide to the Middle Ages: the world through medieval eyes

    Bale, Anthony (2023) A travel guide to the Middle Ages: the world through medieval eyes. London: Viking Penguin. ISBN 9780241530849. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Using authentic sources of medieval travel writing and new translations of contemporary accounts from as far and wide as Turkey, Iceland, Armenia, north Africa and Russia, A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages invites the reader to travel across a medieval world punctuated with marvels and prodigies, miraculous wonders and long-lost landmarks Structured as a journey from western Europe to the Far East and the Antipodes, taking in everything from silk routes to walking tours of Istanbul and Jerusalem, from tours of the court of the Khan in present-day Beijing to the marvels of medieval Ethiopia, A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages will blur the distinction between real and imagined places, offering the reader an encyclopaedia of wondrous stories and peoples, but also a vivid and unforgettable insight into how medieval people understood their world. Like a real travel guide, it will also offer tips on useful phrases, where to stay and eat, and how to avoid bandits, disease and other dangers of the road. Book synopsis from publisher: A delightfully captivating journey across the medieval world, seen through the eyes of those who travelled across it From the bustling bazaars of Tabriz, to the mysterious island of Caldihe, where sheep were said to grow on trees, Anthony Bale brings history alive in A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages, inviting the reader to travel across a medieval world punctuated with miraculous wonders and long-lost landmarks. Journeying alongside scholars, spies and saints, from western Europe to the Far East, the Antipodes, and the ends of the world, this is no ordinary travel guide, containing everything from profane pilgrim badges, Venetian laxatives and flying coffins to encounters with bandits and trysts with princesses. Using previously untranslated contemporary accounts from as far and wide as Turkey, Iceland, Armenia, north Africa, and Russia, A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages is a living atlas that blurs the distinction between real and imagined places, offering the reader a vivid and unforgettable insight into how medieval people understood their world.

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    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): travel, pilgrimage, discovery, mobility, medieval, Middle Ages
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
    Depositing User: Anthony Bale
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2023 17:12
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2023 15:35
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50506

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