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Ludolph von Suchem's Description of the Holy Land, and of the Way Thither


  • Page extent: 158 pages
  • Size: 216 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 0.21 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9781108061827)

  • Published October 2013

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Beyond the fact that he made a journey to the Holy Land between 1336 and 1341, very little is known about Ludolf von Suchem (whose first name may in fact have been Rudolf). However, his work has long been regarded as a major source of information about the eastern Mediterranean in the fourteenth century, owing to its high level of detail. Ludolf states his intention to describe the region, its buildings, towns, fortified places, people, customs, stories and legends, drawing on both his own observations, and on information from the 'kings, princes, nobles and lords' with whom he spent days and nights in conversation. Some stories are clearly travellers' tales, but others, like his account of the fall of Acre (1291), based on reports by eyewitnesses, are both full and convincing. This English translation, by Aubrey Stewart (1844–1918), of Ludolf's Latin text was published in 1895.


Preface; 1. The Holy Land; 2. Constantinople; 3. The way by land; 4. Barbary and Pugia; 5. The Mediterranean sea; 6. The divers perils of the sea; 7. The peril called 'Gulph'; 8. The peril called 'Grup'; 9. The perils of shoals; 10. Perils by fish; 11. Divers fishes; 12. Migration of birds; 13. The voyage across the sea; 14. The island of Sicily; 15. The mount Vulcan; 16. The city of Syracuse; 17. Achaia; 18. The city of Ephesus; 19. The different isles of the sea; 20. Cyprus; 21. The vineyard of Engaddi; 22. The city of Famagusta; 23. Salamina and Nicosia; 24. The cities by the sea; 25. The glorious city of Acre; 26. The loss of the city of Acre; 27. Gaza and Azotus; 28. Mount Carmel; 29. Egypt; 30. The garden of Balsam; 31. The Christians and the ancient tombs; 32. Ancient Babylon, or Baldach; 33. The river Nile; 34. The land of Egypt; 35. The desert and Mount Sinai; 36. The wilderness of Sinai; 37. Hebron, the vale of Mambre, and Bethlehem; 38. The holy city Jerusalem; 39. The thirty pieces of silver; 40. The Mount of Olives; 41. The desert, Jericho, Sodom and Gomorrha; 42. The river Jordan; 43. Ramatha, Shiloh, Emmaus, Sichar, Samaria, and Galilee; 44. The city of Damascus; 45. The vale of Bokar, Lebanon, and Beyrout; Index.

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