Between 1481 and 1485 the Flemish magistrate Joos van Ghistele, accompanied by his chaplain Jan van Quisthout, travelled to the Holy Land and various other countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa. After his return, the story of his travels was written down by the priest Ambrosius Zeebout, tinder the title Tvoyage van Mher Joos van Ghistele. In modern research, this account is usually praised for its trustworthiness: unlike other medieval travel narratives, the Voyage of Joos van Ghistele is said to contain reliable observations and information about the countries visited. This article investigates to what extent and in which respects Tvoyage can indeed be considered a trustworthy travelogue. It concludes that, although Joos van Ghistele probably did travel in the countries that are described, the text of the Voyage still constitutes a complicated amalgam of materials based on a variety of oral and written sources with different degrees of credibility.
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