An Intrepid Scot: William Lithgow of Lanark's Travels in the by C. Edmund Bosworth

By C. Edmund Bosworth

'An Intrepid Scot' makes a massive new contribution to the becoming literature at the perceptions of the Islamic global and the 'Orient' in early smooth Europe, even as illuminating the attitudes of a Protestant from Northern Europe in the direction of the Catholic South. during this e-book Edmund Bosworth seems on the lifestyles and profession of William Lithgow, a difficult and opinionated Scots Protestant, who had a possible insatiable Wanderlust and who controlled to outlive quite a few misadventures and near-death reports during his travels. those took him via a dangerously Catholic Southern Europe to a dangerously Muslim Greece and Istanbul en direction for his pilgrimage vacation spot of the Holy Land; on one other get together he went via North Africa and back not directly through principal and japanese Europe; yet he was once stopped in his tracks while endeavouring to arrive the courtroom of Prester John in Ethiopia, whilst he fell into the palms of the Spanish Inquisition and narrowly escaped a terrible demise. Lithgow used to be among the males of his time who journeyed eastwards, a few so far as Persia and India, yet in contrast to many others, he has no longer been the topic of a different examine. Bosworth now locations him in the context of the current curiosity in perceptions of the Islamic international and of the 'Orient' and 'Orientals' in early smooth Europe. as well as the leisure of the commute narrative, the booklet indicates how one Westerner of the time interpreted the alien East for his readers, and the way the Ottoman Empire and its it seems that unstoppable could either involved and struck worry into the hearts of these open air it.

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