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Late Medieval German Pilgrimage Narratives

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Author(s): Albrecht Classen
The Holy Land became a major goal for European pilgrimages especially after the fall of the last Christian fortress, Acre, in 1291 to the Muslims, which did not leave the Europeans any other option but to travel peacefully to the desired pilgrimage sites. These tours were normally well organized by Venetian agents who mostly controlled the eastern Mediterranean and had set up regular shipping routes for religious travelers and others simply driven by their curiosity. Many of the pilgrims, or rel…