Petrarch's guide to the Holy Land : Itinerary to the Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ = Itinerarium ad sepulchrum domini nostri Yehsu Christi : facsimile edition of Cremona, Biblioteca statale, Deposito libreria civica, manuscript BB. 1.2.5.
"In the early spring of 1358 Francis Petrarch was invited by his friend Giovanni Mandelli, a leading military and political figure of Visconti Milan, to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pleased at the invitation, Petrarch nevertheless declined to undertake the journey. Fear of the sea, of shipwreck, and of "slow death and nausea worse than death" held him back. While Petrarch would not make the literal journey he offered Mandelli a pilgrimage guide instead of his companionship: "nevertheless, I shall be with you in spirit, and since you have requested it, I will accompany you with this writing, which will be for you like a brief itinerary.""
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