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The Chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur

The Chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur

Chapter:
(p.203) Chapter Six The Chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur
Source:
The Medieval Invention of Travel
Author(s):
Shayne Aaron Legassie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.003.0007

This chapter discusses the Andanças (“Wanderings”) of Castilian knight Pero Tafur, a travel narrative with a conflicted vision of the Mediterranean and of knightly travel. Torn between the territorial stance of reconquista and courtly traditions of inter-confessional hospitality, Tafur's account anticipates two modern archetypes: the conquistador and the Grand Tourist.

Keywords:   Pero Tafur, Mediterranean, Islam, Iberia, Byzantine Empire, reconquista, chivalric romance, Iberia, Nicolò di Conti, slavery

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