Encounters with the Levant: The late medieval illustrated Jerusalem Travelogue by Paul Walter von Guglingen

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Ristema van Eck, Marianne P. 2017. Encounters with the Levant: The late medieval illustrated Jerusalem Travelogue by Paul Walter von Guglingen. Mediterranean Historical Review. 32 (2), pp. 153 - 188. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518967.2017.1396769
AuthorsRistema van Eck, Marianne P.
Abstract

The late medieval illustrated Jerusalem travelogue by the Franciscan friar Paul Walther von Guglingen has heretofore received scant scholarly attention, perhaps owing to the unusual nature of some of its images. Guglingen charts decidedly Islamic spaces with his maps and plan, instead of the conventional sacred shrines of Christianity; these topographical features are interlaced with personal travelling experiences. Illustrations of flora and fauna encountered along the way are the result of careful observation, and meticulous recording. The author experiments with forms to visually represent his own lived experience. In all cases, text and image are closely intertwined and testify that non-religious aspects form a legitimate aspect of this pilgrimage account. Consideration of the illustrations in Guglingen’s Itinerarium, alongside, for example, those in the travelogue of his famous travel companion Bernhard von Breydenbach, allows us to illuminate more facets of the late medieval pilgrimage experience.

Keywordsmedieval; travelogue; maps; illustrations; pilgrimage; Jerusalem
Year2017
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Journal citation32 (2), pp. 153 - 188
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0951-8967
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09518967.2017.1396769
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85045048409
Open accessOpen access
Page range153 - 188
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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