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The Medieval Traveller by Norbert Ohler
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A rich source of information about an era that is often opaque to modern readers. The author not only gives social, economic, and religious details about the era, but he breathes life into the lives of the people of the period. There is so much fascinating information to be had here that reading this book felt like the equivalent of a semester's worth of information in college. In addition to all the juicy descriptions, the numerous photos, and facsimiles of art and places help readers enter into the mysterious world of Medieval Europe.

The first part of the book deals with broad topics such as draught animals or sea travel and the second half recounts several accounts from individuals and their travels, most notable Marco Polo. The second section strays from the general topic of travel more often than it should and hence is less valuable than the first part (the escapades of certain promiscuous travelers in particular was not helpful) but still contained many interesting details.

In short, this book is a wealth of information for anyone who wants to walk a mile (and then some) in medieval shoes.

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Reading Progress

July 2, 2018 – Started Reading
July 2, 2018 – Shelved
August 8, 2018 – Finished Reading

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