- May 2016
Although that is generic true, we can’t forget that the Medieval man was also a pilgrim. Pilgrimages to the Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela (just to speak in the 3 most important sites) filled the roads and the pockets of tavern keepers, road robbers and the clergy.Actually during the entire Medieval period, very few people would ever travel more than a dozen miles from their place of birth during an entire lifetime.
If I recall well, there were hospitals in Jerusalem for the pilgrims and stations on the route from the Mediterranean ports until the “holy City”. Were there were lots pilgrims there were people to help them or to make money with them. And Palestine was not only a sand or rocky desert.But take pilgrimages to the holy land for example. Were there made taverns across the route? I suspect the region there is quite dry and natural water resources are considered rare.