Sea Travel at the End of the Middle Ages Based on the Account of the Embassy to Spain and Portugal given by Roger Machado (1489)

By Michel Bochaca, published November 2012


This article assesses the journal of Roger Machado, Richmond Herald to King Henry VII, who journeyed on a diplomatic mission by sea from Southampton via Plymouth and Falmouth to Spain and Portugal to meet the Catholic Monarchs, and returned six months later landing in Padstow, Cornwall. Machado’s journal is one of the few late fifteenth-century laymen’s accounts of sea passages between the Atlantic coasts of Europe undertaken in largely inclement weather.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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