The person would have travelled down the coast road, or s/he would have gone by sea. For the cities he would have passed through, see The Atlas of the Crusades, ed. Jonathan Riley-Smith (London: Times Books, 1991). The length of time for travel would depend on the mode of transport – for a person on foot, assume 2.5 miles per hour. I don’t know what guards there would have been on the gates of Cairo at that time – you will have to consult a book on Mamluk Egypt. In ‘normal’ times, provided the person was apparently a local, a friar or a merchant – someone with an obviously legitimate reason for travel – he or she should be able to pass without being challenged. For a pilgrimage in the Holy Land in the 1280s, see the Library of the Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society, Vol. 12, Burchard of Mount Sion (A.D. 1280), trans. Aubrey Stewart (London: Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society, 1896). For a journey in Egypt and the Holy Land in the 1320s (a little after your period), see: Itinerarium Symon Semeonis ab Hybernia ad Terram Sanctam, ed. M. Esposito, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 4 (1960).

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