Pilgrimages, Travel Writing, and the Medieval Exotic

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Abstract

This article examines pilgrimage and travel writing in England during the medieval period. It explains that during this period, The Book of John Mandeville was the best-seller and possibly the most popular travel narrative ever composed. However, the book is not the record of a historical traveller's sojourn, but a compendium of cultural details, pious histories, marvels, and exotica culled from an array of sources. This article describes how the work transformed itself from a typical account of Holy Land pilgrimage based upon William of Boldensele's Liber de quisbusdam ultramarines partibus and how populate its worlds with bodies in motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743894
ISBN (Print)9780199229123
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • England
  • Liber de quisbusdam ultramarines partibus
  • Medieval period
  • Pilgrimage
  • The Book of John Mandeville
  • Travel narrative
  • Travel writing
  • William of boldensele

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Cohen, J. J. (2012). Pilgrimages, Travel Writing, and the Medieval Exotic. In The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199229123.013.0032