Session 1523: Writing the Other in the Middle Ages, I: Travellers and Their Cultural Preconceptions
Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30
|Irene Malfatto, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Firenze
|Marianne O'Doherty, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
|Challenging the Classics: Crusader Travel Accounts and Their Portrayal of the 'Easterner'
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Mentalities
|Hagrites, Hagarenes, Chaldeans, and Saracens: Missing Muslims on the Spanish March, 800-1000
Index terms: Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities
|'Multum quesivi de monstris': Collisions between Reality and Expectations in Medieval Travel Narratives
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Literacy and Orality, Mentalities
Encounters with otherness in the Middle Ages could take place as a result of long and short journeys, from northern Europe to the Middle or Far East for trade or crusade or from one side of a mountain frontier to the other, taking the traveller from a Christian to a Muslim space. In every case travellers confronted existing ideas of the Other with direct experience to create new syntheses of knowledge or rejections of it. These three papers will examine the ways in which ideas about Others shaped accounts of meetings with them in a range of different narrative sources.