Trickster Travels

Trickster Travels - 1500’s He experienced turmoil when he...

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Patrick Kennedy Travel Writing March 20, 2008 Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds This book was interesting, because it is not necessarily fact or fiction, it is kind of a mix between. It is a story of Leo Africanus, a man who moved between North Africa and Europe during the Renaissance. Leo travels between cultures, logging his travel stories and encounters with the people of different regions. The book, by Natalie Zemon Davis, allows us to see insight on the culture, diversity, and religion of the 16 th century. Leo was an ambassador and a merchant, who makes his way through Africa during the
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Unformatted text preview: 1500’s. He experienced turmoil when he became a captive of Spanish pirates, and proclaimed many religions throughout his tenure. The character of Leo could draw skepticism due to his seemingly fake faith which met his conveniences. The book contains a lot of speculation, and little facts. Historically, the only parts of this book that can be set in stone occur when he is captured by the Spanish pirates, and then given to Pope Leo in Rome. In Rome he supposedly converts to Christianity, which I am skeptical about. Overall I think this book is more fictional than factual, but is a good story nevertheless....
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