Pilgrims To Jerusalem In The Middle Ages

Hardcover | March 2, 2005

byNicole Chareyron

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"Every man who undertakes the journey to the Our Lord's Sepulcher needs three sacks: a sack of patience, a sack of silver, and a sack of faith."-Symon Semeonis, an Irish medieval pilgrim

As medieval pilgrims made their way to the places where Jesus Christ lived and suffered, they experienced, among other things: holy sites, the majesty of the Egyptian pyramids (often referred to as the "Pharaoh's granaries"), dips in the Dead Sea, unfamiliar desert landscapes, the perils of traveling along the Nile, the customs of their Muslim hosts, Barbary pirates, lice, inconsiderate traveling companions, and a variety of difficulties, both great and small. In this richly detailed study, Nicole Chareyron draws on more than one hundred firsthand accounts to consider the journeys and worldviews of medieval pilgrims. Her work brings the reader into vivid, intimate contact with the pilgrims' thoughts and emotions as they made the frequently difficult pilgrimage to the Holy Land and back home again.

Unlike the knights, princes, and soldiers of the Crusades, who traveled to the Holy Land for the purpose of reclaiming it for Christendom, these subsequent pilgrims of various nationalities, professions, and social classes were motivated by both religious piety and personal curiosity. The travelers not only wrote journals and memoirs for themselves but also to convey to others the majesty and strangeness of distant lands. In their accounts, the pilgrims relate their sense of astonishment, pity, admiration, and disappointment with humor and a touching sincerity and honesty.

These writings also reveal the complex interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Holy Land. Throughout their journey, pilgrims confronted occasionally hostile Muslim administrators (who controlled access to many holy sites), Bedouin tribes, Jews, and Turks. Chareyron considers the pilgrims' conflicted, frequently simplistic, views of their Muslim hosts and their social and religious practices.

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"Every man who undertakes the journey to the Our Lord's Sepulcher needs three sacks: a sack of patience, a sack of silver, and a sack of faith."-Symon Semeonis, an Irish medieval pilgrim As medieval pilgrims made their way to the places where Jesus Christ lived and suffered, they experienced, among other things: holy sites, the majest...

Nicole Chareyron is professor of medieval languages and literature at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France. She is the author of Globe Trotters au Moyen Age and Jean le Bel, le maitre de Froissart and the editor of Les Errances de Frere Felix Fabri, pelerin de Terre sainte.W. Donald Wilson is professor emeritus of French Stud...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.41 × 1.5 × 0.98 inPublished:March 2, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceChronology and Maps1. Evagari et Discurrere per Mundum2. All Roads Lead to Venice3. Venice in Splendid Dress4. Five Weeks in a Galley5. The Holy Lond of Promyssion6. Jerusalem and the Holy Places7. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher: The Christian World in Miniature8. Pilgrimages and Excursions Round and About Jerusalem9. Saracens in the Towns, Arabs in the Desert, and Jews Here and There10. Desert Time, Desert Space11. Sinai and Its Speaking Stones12. Cairo, City of Lights13. Diamonds of the Sands, or Pharaoh's Granaries14. The Virginís Garden, the Hermitsí Desert, and Egyptian Dreams15. Alexandria, Sentry of the East16. Happy He Who, Like Ulysses17. By Way of an Ending: The Smell of Thyme and the Taste of Honey

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Her book brings the reader into vivid, intimate contact with the pilgrims' thoughts and emotions.