Travel and Travellers of the Middle Ages
THE contents of this volume, which is one of the series appearing as “The History of Civilization,” is a course of lectures delivered in the University of London. The book does not profess to be a complete survey of the subject, but several of the lectures have been expanded and the editor has added an introduction on the conception of the world in the Middle Ages. The twelve chapters are by various writers, including Prof. M. L. W. Laistner, Prof. Claude Jenkins, Sir T. W. Arnold, Baron A. F. Meyendorff, Prof. E. Prestage, Sir E. D. Ross, Prof. A. Mawer, and Dr. E. Power. Those on Christian pilgrimages, Arab travellers, the routes to Cathay, and Prester John may specially “be noted. Prof. Mawer, whose contribution on the Vikings has no references to authorities, apparently accepts the Norse voyages to Vinland, and does not mention the researches of Nansen and others with their conclusion that Vinland was a myth. The book has a few illustrations, but only two maps.