Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Descriptio Terrae Sanctae
(1,033 words)

'Description of the Holy Land'

Burchard of Mount Sion

Date: Burchard apparently wrote two versions; the first was probably composed between 1280 and 1283.

Original Language: Latin


Burchard provides a description of the Holy Land in the tradition of medieval Latin pilgrimage narratives. In accordance with the genre, it is a rather bookish portrayal, as he relies on biblical descriptions, works of the Church Fathers (in particular Jerome), Jacques de Vitry’s (q.v.) H…

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Tolan, John, “ Descriptio Terrae Sanctae”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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