Thursday, October 6, 2016

To celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, Italica Press has issued a new edition of The Holy Land in the Middle Ages: Six Travelers’ Accounts. This updated digital edition presents texts written by medieval Christian, Muslim and Jewish travelers to the Holy Land, including:

* St. Jerome, The Pilgrimage of Holy Paula, c.382 CE 
* Paula & Eustochium, Letter to Marcella on the
Holy Places, 386
* Mukaddasi of Jerusalem, Description of Palestine, 985
* Nâsir-i-Khusrau, Diary of a Journey through Syria and Palestine, 1047 
* Theoderich of Würzburg, Guide to the Holy Land, c.1172
* Benjamin of Tudela, Description of the Holy Land,
from his Itinerary, c.1173.

The Holy Land in the Middle Ages also features:
* 410 pages
* Nearly 100 black & white and color photos, historical drawings, and prints
* 7 building plans
* Gazetteer of places, buildings, and holy sites
* Gallery of 9 City Views of Jerusalem from the 6th to the 16th century
* Gallery of 8 Maps of the Holy Land from c.1200 to 1630

* Maps of the Holy Land and Jerusalem
* Bibliography
* Index

In a region often caricatured by the images and rhetoric of crusade and jihad, it’s important to realize that through most of its medieval history the Holy Land was host to countless curious and devout travelers of all three faiths. They sailed to the same ports, walked and rode the same roads, lodged in the same cities and towns and visited and revered the same secular and sacred sites. The Holy Land in the Middle Ages offers important texts documenting these centuries of peaceful co-existence.