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Title: The pilgrim book of Jehan de Tournay (1488-9) being a critical edition of the Valenciennes MS 493
Author: Polak, L. L. G.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 8033
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 1958
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The manuscript journal of Jehan de Tournay contains an account of his Journey from Valenciennes to the three major shrines of Christendom, Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago. H eý. followed the. merchants' route down the Rhine and over the Reschen Pass, through Northern Italy to Rome. The description of mediaeval Rome is taken almost entirely from one of the ecclesiastical guide books, the Mirabilia. Armed with the Pope's licence to travel to heathen lands, our pilgrim proceeded to Venice, via the shrine of Loreto. He set sail on one of the Jaffa galleys, and passing through the perils of storms, pirates and Turks, faced the vexations of lawless Arabs and the fatigues of the fifteen day pilgrimage. The places visited and the prayers recited are duly recorded, reproducing almost textually the guide book, probably compiled by-, the Franciscans. Various adventures brought our pilgrim to Otranto and thence to Rome to receive a bull of ingulgence for himself and his family. Then, via the South of France, the shrines of Saint Antoine-en-Dauphine and the Sainte-Baume to Santiago in Spain. On the last lap of the journey through Northern France, Johan was thrown in the midst of the protracted wars which Louis Xl waged against the border towns of Burgundy. In an introduction, footnotes and indexes, an effort has been made to present the narrative in its context, bringing to light the author's originality, as well as his deficiencies. While his reliable. observations make this a useful document in many fields, his personality and style make it both lively and entertaining.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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