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The Medieval Invention of Travel

Shayne Aaron Legassie


Over the course of the Middle Ages, the economies of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa became more closely integrated, fostering the international and intercontinental journeys of merchants, pilgrims, diplomats, missionaries, and adventurers. During a time in history when travel was often difficult, expensive, and fraught with danger, these wayfarers composed accounts of their experiences in unprecedented numbers and transformed traditional conceptions of human mobility. The Medieval Invention of Travel argues that the Middle Ages inherited a Greco-Roman model of heroic travel, which viewed th ... More

Keywords: travel, Middle Ages, pilgrimage, travel writing, Mediterranean Studies, geography, ethnography, literacy, exploration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226442563
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shayne Aaron Legassie, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill