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Medieval English Travel

A Critical Anthology

Edited by Anthony Bale and Sebastian Sobecki

September 2021

ISBN: 9780192848604

528 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £20.00

The first anthology dedicated to medieval English travel writing, with a focus on the later Middle Ages. It features concise introductory essays written by leading specialists; an anthology of important and less well-known texts, grouped by destination; and a selection of supporting bibliographies organised by type of voyage.

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The first anthology dedicated to medieval English travel writing, with a focus on the later Middle Ages. It features concise introductory essays written by leading specialists; an anthology of important and less well-known texts, grouped by destination; and a selection of supporting bibliographies organised by type of voyage.

  • The first anthology of medieval English travel texts
  • Features concise introductory essays written by leading specialists, an anthology of important and less well-known texts, grouped by destination; and a selection of supporting bibliographies organised by type of voyage
  • Examines narratives from England, France, Palestine, and the Far East
  • Contains 26 texts or extracts, including new editions of Floris & Blancheflour, The Stacions of Rome, The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye, and Chaucer's 'Squire's Tale'

About the Author(s)

Edited by Anthony Bale, Professor of Medieval Studies and Deputy Dean of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, and Sebastian Sobecki, Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture, University of Groningen

Anthony Bale is Professor of Medieval Studies and Deputy Dean of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London. He has published widely on medieval literature, culture, and religion. In particular, his work has explored relations between Christians and Jews in medieval England and, more recently, the culture of medieval pilgrimage. He has also edited and translated several medieval texts, and published a new translation and edition of The Book of Margery Kempe (Oxford University Press, 2015). His current work explores travel, books, and pilgrimage between England and the Holy Land in the later Middle Ages.

Sebastian Sobecki is Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen. His research concentrates on medieval English and early Tudor literature, especially Chaucer and Gower. He is author of Unwritten Verities: The Making of England's Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463-1549 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).

Table of Contents

    Introduction, Anthony Bale and Sebastian Sobecki
    Part 1: Essays
    1:Places, Real and Imagined, Anthony Bale
    2:Maps and the Organisation of Space, Alfred Hiatt
    3:Encounters, A. Matthew Boyd Goldie
    4:Languages and Codes, Jonathan Hsy
    5:Trade and Exchange, Sebastian Sobecki
    6:Politics and Diplomacy, Joanna Bellis
    Part 2: Anthology
    7:Saewulf
    8:The Description of the World
    9:Robert of Gloucester, Metrical Chronicle, on the Third Crusade
    10:Sir John Mandeville's Prologue
    11:Sir John Mandeville in India and Caldilhe
    12:The Division of the World
    13:St Bridget of Sweden in the Holy Land
    14:Geoffrey Chaucer, 'The Squire's Tale'
    15:Floris & Blancheflour
    16:Jean Froissart, Chronicles, trans. Lord Berners
    17:The Stacions of Rome
    18:Richard Coer de Lyon
    19:Channel crossings in the Alliterative Morte Arthure
    20:The Book of Margery Kempe (extracts)
    21:John Page, The Siege of Rouen
    22:The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye
    23:Osbern Bokenham, Mappula Angliae
    24:Gilbert Hay, The Buik of Alexander
    25:The Pilgrims' Sea Voyage
    26:William Wey's will
    27:Documents of the English pilgrims at Rome
    28:Two travellers' itineraries
    29:John Kay, The Siege of Rhodes 1480
    30:The Capitulation of Granada 1492
    31:The Walsingham Ballad
    32:Richard Torkington, Diaries of Englysshe Travell
    Part 3: Contexts
    33:Commercial voyages
    34:Diplomatic and military travel
    35:Maps, rutters, and charts
    36:Practical needs
    37:Religious voyages

Reviews

"Antony Bale and Sebastian Sobecki's edited volume Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology is an invaluable resource for those studying and teaching Middle English travel writing." - Kate Ash-Irisarri et al., The Year's Work in English Studies

"The volume is well crafted, its texts carefully edited and readily accessible for undergraduates. An incredible resource for teachers . . . [It] will be a foundational starting-point for those interested in the field." - Kara L. McShane, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Volume 42, 2020

"the volume will surely shape the scholarship of medieval travel, especially insofar as it invites consideration of understudied texts and documents. As a whole, this timely collection offers a treasure trove of primary sources that will help us better understand what medieval English people knew about the rest of the world, what they thought about it, and how they gained this knowledge or belief." - Shannon Gayk, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures

"This is a welcome anthology as the field turns to a deeper understanding of and interest in the global Middle Ages. Medieval English Travel provides a thoughtful guide for studying the literature of travel in medieval England. Moreover, it entices readers to explore the topic further and gives them the tools to do so. I recommend this book for those teaching a class on medieval travel literature and those wishing to learn about it on their own." - Molly Martin, University of Indianapolis, Modern Language Review

"This anthology is cogently divided into three sections as a means of guiding both the specialist academic reader and those who may not be familiar with the central purposes of medieval travel writing ... Each of the twenty-six items included in the second section of the anthology is introduced by a helpful account of its literary and historical significance ... this anthology also contains some fascinating material relating to recently discovered writings." - Michael G. Brennan, Notes and Queries

"Highly recommended." - D.W. Hayes, CHOICE