Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
This resource provides an extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China. The core of the material is a magnificent collection of medieval manuscripts from libraries across Europe and dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. These have been reproduced in color where appropriate. These are augmented by an array of translations and supporting materials (all of which are fully searchable) and maps showing the routes of the travelers. The content of this collection is suitable for teaching in Medieval Studies as well as wider topics such as concepts of race, cartography, and post-colonial studies.