Author: Jean Verdon
As a companion to his previous volume Night in the Middles Ages, Jean Verdon offers insight into the pitfalls and perils of travelling during medieval times. Travel in the Middle Ages is filled with the stories and adventures of those who hazarded hostile landscapes, elements, and people - out of want or necessity - to get from place to place. Verdon contends that a journey in the current sense, suggesting both the movement of a person who travels to a fairly distant place and philosophical ideas of distraction and flight from self, did not exist in the Middle Ages. Indeed, he says, nothing either in the means of communication or in the landscape encouraged travel. And yet, Verdon points out, the world of the Middle Ages was one of unceasing movement.