Medieval Travellers: The Rich and the Restless
Adventure, religion, politics, amusement: they're all here in abundance, in this vivid account of the upper-class men and women who journeyed the world in medieval days. With information culled from personal writings, chroniclers' notices, and varied financial reports, it presents a surprising and fascinating portrait of the age--including a vision of touring so lavish and...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Phoenix
(first published 1983)
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The common view of mediaeval times is that people never really travelled anywhere, instead living and dying within a few miles of their birthplace. This book shows that, certainly where nobles and clerics were concerned at any rate, this picture is rather wide of the mark. Each chapter focusses on a different group of travellers (or else different reasons for travel), for example knights travelling to attend tournaments, diplomats travelling from court to court, and clerics visiting Rome.
This is an interesting general survey of medieval travelling of all kinds—pleasure, pilgrimage, diplomacy, war, etc. But she has some bad writing habits that made the book unnecessarily hard going. Completed December 16, 2005.