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How Many Miles to Babylon?: Travels and Adventures to Egypt and Beyond, From 1300 to 1640

Anne Wolff

Abstract

This book uses the writing of European travellers to Egypt between c.1300 and c.1600 to give a picture of the country in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, drawing on sources that have hitherto been inaccessible to English-speaking audiences. These accounts portray an Egypt ruled by the despotic Mamluk sultans and the early Ottoman governors, a society at once cruel and sophisticated, dangerous and alluring. The Europeans' wonderment at the exotic flora and fauna, the ancient ruins of temples and pyramids, and the astonishing summer rise of the Nile to irrigate the crops and repl ... More

Keywords: travellers, flora, fauna, temples, pyramids, Nile, irrigation, customs, culture, Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780853236580
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313295

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Wolff, author