Welcome to Medieval Travel Writing. This collection presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period.
The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. It is an indispensable source for scholars of medieval travel, geography, exploration, trade, literature and medieval postcolonial studies.
The travel texts gathered here cover some of the most widely read and influential prose works of the late Middle Ages – notably the books of Marco Polo and ‘Sir John Mandeville’ – but also important items by authors whose names are now less well known to non-specialists, such as John of Plano Carpini and Odoric of Pordenone.