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Introduction: Travail and Travel Writing

Introduction: Travail and Travel Writing

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: Travail and Travel Writing
Source:
The Medieval Invention of Travel
Author(s):
Shayne Aaron Legassie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.003.0001

The introduction argues that the danger and sacrifice that faced medieval travelers made travel and travel writing morally suspect endeavors. Would-be travelers and travel writers responded to this circumspection by stressing the acetic dimensions of the journey and--increasingly--of the literate aptitudes required to write about it.

Keywords:   medieval attitudes toward travel, pilgrimage, merchants, literacy, self-discipline, literary representations of travel, danger, travel

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