Travel, Mobility, And Culture In Europe

Authored by: Marianne O’Doherty

The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World

Print publication date:  September  2020
Online publication date:  September  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649460
eBook ISBN: 9781003080206
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003080206-4

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Abstract

The objective of the chapter is to sketch out some of the more significant and widespread cultural dimensions and impacts of mobility and travel for Latin Europe in the later Middle Ages. The first section traces the relationship of the journey to faith in a religious culture in which mobility and journeying is inextricably bound up with the post-lapsarian human condition. In the second section travel, the traveller and mobility are considered as sources of danger, whether to the traveller or to society. The third and final section surveys some of the impacts of later medieval patterns of travel and mobility on the formation of cultural identities, and on European writers’ capacities and strategies for social and cultural critique and self-reflection.

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