Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Ludovico de Varthema
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Little is known about Ludovico de Varthema prior to his journey to the Middle East. However, his knowledge of military techniques, which is evident from his travel description, leads to the assumption that he may have been a mercenary in the Italian wars of the late 15th century. Around 1501, he left Italy for unknown reasons. From Venice, he boarded a ship to Alexandria, possibly because he had heard that the Maml…

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Fuess, Albrecht, “Ludovico de Varthema”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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