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Reading Henry Maundrell’s Sacred Geography in Eighteenth-Century England and Germany

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Mills


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This chapter explains the remarkable popularity of Henry Maundrell’s A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter AD 1697 (1703). It argues that Maundrell’s eye-witness reportage of his travels in the Holy Land provided the book’s readers with a storehouse of geographical observations and descriptions of eastern customs with which they could recreate imaginatively the world of the Scriptures. Tracing the book’s use by editors, commentators, translators, and paraphrasts, it argues that Maundrell was most often put to work in defence of the Bible against attacks on its claims to truth. Yet in the hands of Maundrell’s late eighteenth-century German translator, the naturalist and historicist tendencies inherent in his account were brought into sharper focus; ‘sacred geography’ was transformed into a history of biblical culture.

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Author(s): Mills S

Editor(s): Whitehouse T; Keeble NH

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Textual Transformations: Purposing and Repurposing Books from Richard Baxter to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Year: 2019

Pages: 210-226

Print publication date: 23/12/2019

Online publication date: 01/01/2020

Acceptance date: 28/11/2018

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place Published: Oxford


DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808817.003.0012

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780198808817