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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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The Chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur

The Chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur

(p.203) Chapter Six The Chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur
The Medieval Invention of Travel

Shayne Aaron Legassie

University of Chicago Press

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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