p-travl-guides-msg – 7/17/10
Period travel guides. Pilgrimage guides.
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Subject: ANST - RE: period travel guides
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 08:42:51 -0500
From: "C. L. Ward" <gunnora at vikinganswerlady.org>
To: <Ansteorra-Laurels at ansteorra.org>
>I assume that people wrote "travel guides"
>during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Have
>any survived? Where can they be found? What
>do they cover?
Medieval "travel guides" aren't generally what you'd find today if you go to
the "Travel" section of a bookstore. The accounts are much less factual in
many cases, and as far as I've seen never are the kind of document that
lists "what sights to see".
There are a number of more-or-less factual travellers' accounts, and then
you also get into medieval geography, which is often largely fictional or
based on hearsay. And then there are the "fantastic travels" which I think
must descend from the common desire to astound and amaze those folks back
home. At the edges of the world people always envisioned strange and often
dangerous creatures. For ancient peoples the earth's farthest perimeter was
a realm radically different from what they perceived as central and human.
The alien qualities of these "edges of the earth" became the basis of a
literary tradition that endured throughout antiquity and into the
Renaissance, despite the growing challenges of emerging scientific
perspectives. This phenomenon is so widespread that a number of books have
been written on the subject. In fact, the same phenomenon continues today,
providing us the many and varied aliens of science fiction and speculative
Some good ones to look at include:
VIKING TRAVELS TO BYZANTIUM
* Palsson, Hermann and Paul Edwards. Vikings in Russia: Yngvar's Saga and
Eymund's Saga. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 1989. Out-of-print,
to have Amazon.com do a book search for it go to:
ARABIC SOURCES DESCRIBING THE VIKING WORLD
* M. Reinaud, trans. Geography of Abu al-Fida'. Paris. 1848. Describes the
Norse ca. early 14th century under the heading "Northern Regions of the
* Allen, W. E. D., trans. The Poet and the Spae-Wife: An Attempt to
Reconstruct Al-Ghazal's Embassy to the Vikings. Dublin: Allen Figgis & Co.
[A translation of the Arabic text describing al-Ghazal's visit to Turgeis,
ruler of the Vikings in Ireland ca. 845. This account dates to the early
* Al-Mas'udi. Meadows of Gold. trans. A. Sprenger. London. 1941.
[Describes the Rus market of Bulghur prior to 947.]
* Al-Mas'udi. The Meadows of Gold: The Abbasids. Paul Lunde and Caroline
Stone, trans and eds. Kegan Paul International. 1989. To order from
* Ibn Battuta. The Travels of Ibn Battuta. trans. H.A.R. Gibb. Hakluyt
Society 2. Cambridge. 1962. To order from Amazon.com:
* S. Janicsek. "Ibn Battuta's Journey to Bulghar." Journal Royal Asiatic
Society. 1929. pp. 792-800.
* Smyser, H. M., trans. "Ibn-Fadlan's Account of the Rus with Some
Commentary and Some Allusions to Beowulf." Franciplegius: Medieval and
Linguistic Studies in Honor of Francis Peabody Magoun Jr. eds. Jess B.
Bessinger and Robert P. Creed. New York: University Press. 1965. pp.
[A translation of the Arabic text describing ibn-Fadlan's journey among the
Rus or Russian Vikings ca. 921. This account dates to the early 1200's.]
See also the text, which I have on my webpage at:
FANTASTIC TRAVEL LITERATURE
Babcock, William Henry. Legendary Islands of the Atlantic: A Study in
Medieval Geography. New York: American Geographical Society. 1922.
Out-of-print, to have Amazon look for it:
Babcock, William Henry. "The So-Called Mythical Islands of the Atlantic in
Medieval Maps", Scottish Geographical Magazine 31/32 (1916).
Flint, Valerie I. J. The Imaginative Landscape of Christopher Columbus.
Princeton University Press. 1992. To buy from Amazon.com:
Fuson, Robert H. Legendary Islands of the Ocean Sea. Pineapple Press. 1998.
To buy from Amazon.com:
Harvey, P. D. A. Mappa Mundi: The Hereford World Map. British Library
Studies in Medieval Culture</CITE>. University of Toronto Press. 1996. To
buy from Amazon.com:
[This map is a great example of medieval mythical geography and how it
intermixes with the knowledge of the real world.]
Jakobsen, Alfred. "Geographical Literature." in: Medieval Scandinavia: An
Encyclopedia. Phillip Pulsiano et al., eds. Garland Reference Library of
the Humanities 934. New York & London: Garland. 1993. pp. 224-225.
Out-of-print, to have Amazon search for it:
Romm, James S. The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought. Princeton:
Princeton University Press. 1992. To buy from Amazon.com:
Simek, Rudolph. "Elusive Elysia or Which Way to GlÊsisvellir."
Sagnaskemmtun: Studies in Honor of Hermann P·lsson on his 65th Birthday.
Rudolph Simek et al., eds. Vienna, Cologne & Graz: Bˆhlau. 1986. pp.
247-275. Out-of-print, to have Amazon look for it:
Tomasch, Sylvia and Sealy Gilles, eds. Text and Territory: Geographical
Imagination in the European Middle Ages. The Middle Ages Series. University
of Pennsylvania Press. 1997. To buy from Amazon.com:
Westrem, Scott D., ed. Discovering New Worlds: Essays on Medieval
Exploration and Imagination. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities
1436. New York: Garland Publishing. 1991. Out-of-print, to have Amazon look
Subject: Re: ANST - RE: period travel guides
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 14:34:12
From: "Eric Jackson" <owenapaeddan at hotmail.com>
To: ansteorra at ansteorra.org
Gerald of Wales wrote a excelent description of his travels through
Wales recruiting for one of the crusades. He also wrote about his travels in
ireland here are a few links. You can find his books on the web if you are
interested in them
Owen ap Aeddan.......
Subject: ANST - Period Travel Guides
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:40:42 -0400
From: fitzmorgan at cs.com
To: ansteorra at ansteorra.org
> I assume that people wrote "travel guides" during the Middle Ages and
> Renaissance. Have any survived? Where can they be found? What do they
Look for "The Pilgrims Guide To Santiago De Compostela" Written in , I
think, the 12th Century. and translated by William Melczer. Italica Press,
INC. ISBN 0-934977-25-9 for $17.50 if it's still in print. This is a travel
guide for pilgrims telling of dangers to avoid and sites to see on your
It tells which rivers you can safely drink from and which are unsafe.
It says some rude things about the Basque. And tells short stories about the
many Saints who's shrines you will see on the way. It's well worth reading.
Barony of Northkeep
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 20:37:10 -0400
From: Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com>
To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Travel accounts to Turkey
I would mention that the English published a number of these travel
Accounts in the 17th century. You might already find them translated.
Those with access to EEBO might look for such titles as follow:
A description of the grand signour's seraglio or Turkish emperours
court [edited] by John Greaves. Author: Bon, Ottaviano, 1552-1623.
Publication Info: London : Printed for Jo. Ridley, 1653.
Headings to look for: [Harem] [Turkey -- Court and courtiers]
[Istanbul (Turkey) -- Description]
The four epistles of A.G. Busbequius concerning his embassy into
Turkey being remarks upon the religion, customs, riches, strength and
government of that people : as also a description of their chief
cities, and places of trade and commerce : to which is added, his
advice how to manage war against the Turks. Author: Busbecq, Ogier
Ghislain de, 1522-1592. Publication Info: London : Printed for J.
Taylor ... and J. Wyat ..., 1694.
The author died a century before publication in this case.
The six voyages of John Baptista Tavernier, Baron of Aubonne through
Turky, into Persia and the East-Indies, for the space of forty years
giving an account of the present state of those countries, viz. of the
religion, government, customs, and commerce of every country, and the
figures, weight, and value of the money currant all over Asia : to
which is added A new description of the Seraglio
Tavernier, Jean-Baptiste, 1605-1689., Phillips, John, 1631-1706., Cox,
London: Printed by William Godbid for Robert Littlebury ... and Moses
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 23:10:20 -0400
From: Sam Wallace <guillaumedep at gmail.com>
To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org
Subject: [Sca-cooks] 15th Century Travelogues
I found this set of travelogues while digging through Google Books. They
are of a pair of Italians who ventured to Persia, Poland, Russia and
other regions. There is some interesting mention of cuisine and culinary
customs, but not as many details as might be desired. It is worth
digging around in them as these areas did not produce many culinary
works until well after 1600.
Travels to Tana and Persia