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Late Medieval French Pilgrimage Narratives

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Author(s): Anne-Sophie De Franceschi
In chronological order, the earliest of the pilgrimage writers considered here was actually Netherlandish although he wrote in French. He made several abortive attempts to go to the Holy Land, which indicate some of the considerable difficulties would-be pilgrims faced in this period.  Apparently born in 1474, Jean de Zeilbecke or Jean Taccoen was lord of Zillebecke, a village in the neighborhood of Ypres. He left a work in manuscript, Recueil d’itinéraires, voyage à Saint-Jacques, 1512, now in the Bibliothèque municipale de Douai, ms. 793. In 1499, he received a safe-conduct to…