The medieval traveller



The medieval traveller

Norbert Ohler ; translated by Caroline Hillier

Boydell Press, 1989


Reisen im Mittelalter

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Originally published: Artemis Verlag, 1986



Wonderfully informative. FINANCIAL TIMES How did people travel in the middle ages? Evidence shows that despite all the likely deterrents danger from man and beast, uncertainty of lodging and food, even the basic matter of finding the way our medieval ancestors moved about far more than we might expect. They set out even on major journeys with a confidence which argues the existence of a network of major routes and minor tracks, the arteries by which new ideas entered Europe's fast-changing civilisation: the knowledge brought back by travellers played an important part in the development of the medieval world. Norbert Ohler lets the travellers speak for themselves, and from the many sources builds up a picture of what travel was really like.


  • Part 1 Background and conditions: locality and climate
  • mounts, draught and pack animals
  • journeys by land river and sea
  • the importance of religion, trade and communications for travel
  • communication on the way
  • hospitality and inns
  • speed of travel
  • sovereignty and law
  • improving conditions for travellers
  • travel in the mountains
  • innovations
  • exploring the world
  • departures and arrivals, and the journey home. Part 2 Descriptions of travel in the Middle Ages: a flight
  • Boniface's travels
  • royal progresses
  • the voyages of the Norsemen and the Grettisaga
  • clerics on the road
  • a pilgrim's guide to Santiago de Compostela
  • journeys across Asia
  • educational journeys
  • Boccaccio's merchant's journey
  • Flagellant movements
  • towards the modern era.

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