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The Medieval Invention of Travel$
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Shayne Aaron Legassie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226442563

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.001.0001

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Introduction: Travail and Travel Writing

Introduction: Travail and Travel Writing

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(p.1) Introduction: Travail and Travel Writing
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The Medieval Invention of Travel
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Shayne Aaron Legassie

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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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