Travel was a perilous undertaking for early modern Europeans. Leaving aside shipwreck or brigands, nostalgia alone could make you ill. Writers insisted that even corpses were happiest when buried in their natal soil. The era’s increase in long-distance travel took place against this backdrop. I’ve written about how Europeans negotiated the challenges of leaving home, and explained food’s role in keeping the travelling body in good health.

Thomas Neale, A Treatise of Direction, How to Travell Safely and Profitably into Forraigne Countries (London, 1643).


Body of the Conquistador (2020)

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YearCategoryPublication TypeTitlePublisherLink
2022Journalism and InterviewsInterview"How the humble potato has travelled the world and shaped history"SCAS Talks Podcast
2017ScholarshipBook ChapterClimate, Travel and Colonialism in the Early Modern World in Governing the Environment in the Early Modern WorldRoutledgeLink
2014ScholarshipBook ChapterDiet, Travel and Colonialism in the Early Modern World in Global Goods and the Spanish Empire, 1492-1824Palgrave MacmillanLink
2014Journalism and InterviewsArticleMy Favourite Historical PlacesBBC History Magazine, History ExtraLink
2012ScholarshipBookThe Body of the Conquistador: Food, Race and the Colonial Experience in Spanish AmericaCambridge University PressLink

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