The Spring Voyage: The Jerusalem Pilgrimage in 1458 - R. J. [Rosamund Joscelyne] MitchellReaders Union, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat ruffled, several small closed tears, further tears with slight loss and fading to the spine.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This particular spring voyage took place a long time ago — in 1458. The travellers, two hundred men in all, who assembled in Venice in that year to take ship for Jerusalem, were impelled in general by piety and curiosity. They were pilgrims, and in their 15th century Venetian galley they endured the dangers and discomforts of a great adventure. Among the party were two Englishmen, John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester, and William Wey, who was writing a guidebook; a Dutchman; several studious Italian gentlemen; and the condottiere Roberta da Sanseverino, who set out as an undercover diplomat. Of these pilgrims, six kept diaries from which Miss Mitchell, an accomplished Italian scholar, has recreated their experiences. To the modern traveller these will seem to possess ardours and trials which would be quite intolerable; but at the same time the simplicity of these men and their deep satisfactions are undeniably and regrettably beyond the reach of most of us today.”