Chapter 1 introduces the reader to the background of the study of pilgrimage literature; describes the essential details of Fabri’s two Holy Land pilgrimages; and acquaints the reader with the history of scholarship on Fabri and his works. It sets Fabri scholarship within the context of pilgrimage studies in general, and offers an introduction to the various forms and genres of pilgrimage writing upon which Fabri drew for his own creations. The chapter also surveys the current state of knowledge concerning medieval audiences for pilgrimage accounts, and ends by laying out the main purpose of this study: to produce an in-depth picture not just of what one specific body of late-medieval pilgrimage literature by a specific Dominican author was, but how it came to take the specific forms it did, and why it matters in the history of thought, daily life and religion in the era just before the Reformation.
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