An ordinary man. An extraordinary
In 1394 Nicola Martoni made a dangerous journey from a small town in
Italy to Jerusalem.
He was a little, short-sighted, middle-aged provincial lawyer.
He sailed through Aegean storms to Egypt, walked across the desert in
high summer, climbed Mount Sinai with malaria, and finally made it to
the Holy Places. Five companions died on the way.
Desperate to get home and running out of money, he wandered from island
to island and across mainland Greece, braving more storms, shipwreck,
pirates, mercenaries and brigands, sustained by curiosity,
determination and faith in God.
It was an age of marvels and miracles, before printing and the
intellectual and scientific revolutions that shape our world. His
journal translated from Latin, gives us a rare insight into a medieval
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