Book Series Medieval Voyaging, vol. 3

Journeying along Medieval Routes in Europe and the Middle East

Alison Gascoigne, Leonie Hicks, Marianne O'Doherty (eds)

  • Pages: 296 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:15 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2016

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-54173-0
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A multi-disciplinary collection of important and innovative new research that enhances our understanding of the experience, conditions, conceptualisation, and impact of human movement in Western Europe and the Middle East between Late Antiquity and the thirteenth century.


“The editors have done a great job in preparing the manuscript itself, and we can be very thankful for the index at the end of the book.” (Albrecht Classen, in Studi Medievali, LIX / 1, 2018, p. 371-372)

“(…) this book indeed produces a whole greater than the sum of its parts. It is important that medieval scholars do not overlook the dynamism of the societies we study and the mutual interconnectedness of ideas, cultures and politics, which this book brings to the fore.” (Roderick McDonald, in Parergon, 34/2, 2017, p. 207)

« Voilà donc un riche recueil ouvrant de nouvelles pistes de recherches et dont l’index permet d’explorer les précieuses ressources.» (Christiane De Craecker-Dussart, dans Le Moyen Âge, 1/124, 2018, p. 173)



Focusing on routes and journeys throughout medieval Europe and the Middle East in the period between Late Antiquity and the thirteenth century, this multi-disciplinary book draws on travel narratives, chronicles, maps, charters, geographies, and material remains in order to shed new light on the experience of travelling in the Middle Ages.

The contributions gathered here explore the experiences of travellers moving between Latin Europe and the Holy Land, between southern Italy and Sicily, and across Germany and England, from a range of disciplinary perspectives. In doing so, they offer unique insights into the experience, conditions, conceptualization, and impact of human movement in medieval Europe. Many essays place a strong emphasis on the methodological problems associated with the study of travel and its traces, and the collection is enhanced by the juxtaposition of scholarly work taking different approaches to this challenge. The papers included here engage in cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue and are supported by a discursive, contextualizing introduction by the editors.


Medieval Routes: Journeys through Space and Scholarship — MARIANNE O’DOHERTY, ALISON L. GASCOIGNE, AND LEONIE V. HICKS

Part I. The Way through the Book: Routes around the Holy Land

Framing Sanctity: The Staging of Holy Places as Initiation for Christian Pilgrimage in Constantinian Jerusalem — RALPH BOCKMAN

Routes to Salvation: Travelling through the Holy Land, 1187–1291 — E. J. MYLOD

Part II. Migrants, Colonisers, Travellers, and Geographers in the Landscapes of Southern Italy

Problems and Patterns in Medieval Migration: The Case of Southern Italy (1000–1200) — PAUL OLDFIELD

Journeys and Landscapes of Conquest: Normans Travelling to and in Southern Italy and Sicily — LEONIE V. HICKS

Routes in Southern Italy in the Geographical Works of al-Idrīsī — JEAN-CHARLES DUCÈNE

Part III. The Route and the Journey: Problems in the Reconstruction of Itineraries and Routes in North-West Europe

Routes around the Royal Pfalz of Dornburg on the River Saale, central Germany, in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries — PIERRE FÜTTERER

Road Networks, Communications, and the Teutonic Order: A Case Study from Medieval Thuringia — CHRISTIAN OERTEL

The Itinerary of Edward of England I: Pleasure, Piety and Governance — JULIE CROCKFORD

Making Space for King John to Pray: The Evidence of the Royal Itinerary — PAUL WEBSTER