By Professor Denys Pringle

This e-book provides new translations of a range of Latin and French pilgrimage texts - and in Greek - with regards to Jerusalem and the Holy Land among the autumn of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187 and the lack of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291. It accordingly enhances and extends present experiences, which care for the interval from past due Antiquity to Saladin's conquest. Such texts offer a wealth of knowledge not just concerning the company of pilgrimage itself, but in addition on church heritage, topography, structure and the social and monetary stipulations triumphing in Palestine during this period.

Pilgrimage texts of the thirteenth century haven't formerly been studied as a gaggle during this manner; and, as the latest variants of them are scattered throughout a number of fairly imprecise guides, they have a tendency to be under-utilized by way of historians, regardless of their huge curiosity. for example, they can be extra unique than the texts of the twelfth century, representing first-hand bills of guests instead of uncomplicated reworkings of older texts. Taken jointly, they record the adjustments that happened within the trend of pilgrimage after the autumn of Jerusalem in 1187, in the course of its short reoccupation by means of the Franks among 1229 and 1244, and through the interval from 1260 onwards while the Mamluks progressively took army keep an eye on of the complete kingdom. within the 1250s-60s, for instance, as a result problems confronted through pilgrims in attaining Jerusalem itself, there constructed an alternate set of holy websites supplying indulgences in Acre. The bringing of Transjordan, southern Palestine and Sinai below Ayyubid and, later, Mamluk regulate additionally inspired the improvement of the pilgrimage to St Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai during this period.

The translations are observed by way of explanatory footnotes and preceded by means of an advent, which discusses the improvement of Holy Land pilgrimage during this interval and the context, courting and composition of the texts themselves. The e-book concludes with a accomplished record of resources and a close index.

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