Trade, Travel, and Exploration in the Middle Ages
Edited by John Block Friedman, Kristen Mossler Figg
Routledge – 2000 – 756 pages
Trade, Travel, and Exploration: An Encyclopedia is a reference book that covers the peoples, places, technologies, and intellectual concepts that contributed to trade, travel and exploration during the Middle Ages, from the years A.D. 525 to 1492.
"A specialized and valuable reference work--a first of its kind… Very browser-friendly… Teachers and librarians will want to examine this work for possible inclusion in their curricula and collections. It is unequivocally recommended for the history reference areas of high school, public, and academic libraries." -- American Reference Books Annual
"Brings together 435 articles on topics related to this fascinating part of medieval life. This encyclopedia is both clearly written and contains reliable scholarly content. A quality reference at a reasonable price. It is a good choice for both academic and large public library collections." -- Against the Grain
"Its articles are lucid, its scholarship is superb and up to date, its illustrations are creatively chosen, and its bibliographies are generally useful for further study. Trade, Travel, and Exploration is an essential purchase for all academic and large public libraries and might also be considered for high school libraries." -- Booklist/RBB
"A diverse group of 177 contributors cover people, places, economics, literature, technology, industry, agriculture, religion, and much more. Everything from the African gold trade to pilgrimages to the Holy Land are given concise explanations, which high school students and undergraduates will find comprehensive and useful. Graduate students will also find these entries and their respective bibliographies practical to paths to further research. A comprehensive index offers multiple access points to the main entries. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries." -- Library Journal
"The entries are tight and informative, and the interdisciplinary, non-Eurocentric synthesis between its subject and wider culture attempted by this encyclopedia is altogether admirable… Trade, Travel, and Exploration is sure to become an essential reference tool for students and scholars of medieval geography, movement, and intercultural relations and a welcome addition to the general reference shelf on the period." -- Speculum
John Block Friedman is professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and visiting professor of English at Kent State University-Salem. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the co-editor, with Jessica Wegmann-Sanchez, of Garland's Medieval Iconography: A Research Guide(1998).
Kristen Mossler Figg is associate professor of English at Kent State University-Salem. She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University, where she did graduate studies in French and English.