Publisher's Description: A collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China. Featured authors include Ambassadors, Missionaries, Merchants, and Fantasists such as: Prester John; John of Plano Carpini, and; Marco Polo. The core of the material is a magnificent collection of medieval manuscripts from libraries around the world and dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. These have been reproduced in colour where appropriate. These are augmented by an array of translations and supporting materials and interactive maps showing the routes of the travellers.