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The West Balkans (the Albanian Lands) during the Late 15th Century Based on Western Travellers’ Notes


Authors:
Ivayla Popova

Pages: 386-395

Abstract:

The purpose of the present article is to scrutinize some curious details concerning the Balkans to be found in the western travel notes during the 15th century. Our attention was primarily concentrated on the data provided by Roberto Sanseverino, Alessandro Ariosto, Santo Brasca, Bernard von Breidenbach, Konrad Grьnemberg, and Arnold von Harff. The travellers listed above provide rather intriguing information concerning specific customary practices, language, religion, manufacture, costume, agriculture, trade, wine production, etc. In this study we focus on data about the lands of Albania and their cities, on the texts describing actual political situation, there included the administration and taxation, the fear of the Ottoman omnipotence, the eventual military opportunities, coeval events or such of the recent past.

Keywords:

Travellers, pilgrims, Adriatic, Dalmatia, Albania, islands, fortifications, ships, cities, agriculture.

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