Johann Schiltberger


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Schiltberger, Johann

 

(also Hans Schiltberger). Born 1380; died not earlier than 1438. Bavarian soldier.

Schiltberger was captured by the Turks at the battle of Nikopol in Bulgaria. His Book of Travels told of his wanderings in Asia Minor, Egypt, Middle Asia, Siberia, and the Caucasus. Schiltberger’s work was the earliest European description of Siberia and northern Asia.

WORKS

Reisebuch. Tübingen, 1885.
In Russian translation:
“Puteshestviia Ivana Shil’tbergera po Evrope, Azii i Afrike s 1394 g. po 1427 g.” Zapiski Novorossiiskogo universiteta, 1867, vol. 1, issues 1–2.

REFERENCE

Alekseev, M. P. Sibir’ v izvestiiakh zapadnoevropeiskikh puteshestvennikov i pisatelei, 2nd ed. Irkutsk, 1941.