PETRARCH’S GUIDE TO THE HOLY LAND
Itinerary to the Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ

FRANCIS PETRARCH
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In 1358, Francis Petrarch was invited by his friend Giovanni Mandelli to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pleased at the invitation, Petrarch nevertheless declined but he offered Mandelli a pilgrimage guide. Although the Holy Land is the ostensible destination of the pilgrimage, more than half of the guidebook is devoted to loving descriptions of Italy's physical and cultural landscape. Upon reaching the Holy Land, Petrarch covers ten cities in four days, explores sacred landmarks and sites and ends up at the tomb of Alexander. This translation is based on a fourteenth-century manuscript in Cremona, which is a copy of Petrarch's 1358 autograph; the manuscript is reproduced in facsimile and there is a transcription of the Latin text. Cachey's introduction and notes discuss Petrarch's text within the contexts of medieval and renaissance travel and contemporary political and cultural issues.