Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society

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The Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society, also known as PPTS, was a text publication society, which specialised in publishing editions and translations of medieval texts relevant to the history of pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The society was established in London to provide translations of accounts by pilgrims and other travelers between the 4th and 15th centuries. Particular attention was given to accounts containing geographical or topographical information, as well as those which discussed the manners and customs of the Holy Land. The original narratives were written in a variety of languages, including Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Old French, Russian, and German.

The Society first started publishing its work in 1884, and continued for eleven years, publishing a total of twelve volumes. In 1896, these works were transferred to the Palestine Exploration Fund, for distribution to the members of the PPTS.[1]

The editions remain valuable and are frequently cited in scholarly works. A version is also available as The library of the Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society.[2]

Certain well-known pilgrimages included are those of:

  • Unknown Pilgrim of Bordeaux
  • Saint Jerome's Pilgrimage of the Holy Paula
  • Mukadda's description of Syria
  • Jacques de Vitry
  • Bohaedden's Life of Saladin
  • John Poloner's description of the Holy Land

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  1. ^ The New International Encyclopedia, edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby, 1903
  2. ^ The Library of the Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society. AMS Press. 1971. ISBN 978-0-404-04890-7. 

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