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Western Travellers in the ‘Deserta Bulgariae’ before the First Crusade


Authors:
Alexandar Uzelac institute of History- Belgrade, Serbia

Pages: 196-202

Abstract:

The article deals with notices about the pilgrims from Western Europe that traveled along the so-called Via Militaris, between Belgrade and Constantinople in the decades preceding the First Crusade. These reports provide fragmentary information about local geography, ethnography and topography, but they are nonetheless important, as they mention two cities on the border of Bulgaria – Belgrade and Morava, and show that sparsely inhabited region of the ‘Bulgarian forest’ or ‘Bulgarian desert’ situated between Belgrade and Niš became one of the greatest temptations of Western travelers even before the First Crusade.

Keywords:

Pilgrimage, ‘Bulgarian forest’, Lietbert of Cambrai, Lambert of Hersfeld, ‘Great German Pilgrimage’, Belgrade, Morava, 11th Century

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