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Anonymous Pilgrim V, Untitled 2.13


We know next to nothing about the European traveller to the Holy Land called Anonymous Pilgrim V, whose account survives in one manuscript in Austria. The editor Wilhelm Neumann argued that, while his journey seems to have preceded the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 C.E., certain details reflect knowledge of the end of the 12th or beginning of the 13th century. The work has two parts apparently written by the same author, the first giving a straightforward itinerary and the second a survey of the region’s ethnography, religions, and environment. This passage summarizes the ecclesiastical hierarchy in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, including the Archbishop of Caesarea.


Preterea et ipsa terra Ierosolymitana Patriarcham habet, qui est pater fidei et Christianorum et vicarius Ihesu Christi. Qui habet IIII archiepiscopos. Unum in provincia Palestina scilicet Cesariensem. Alium in provincia Fenicea, scilicet Tirensem. Tercium in provincia Galilea, scilicet Nazarenum. Quartum in provincia Moabitarum, scilicet Ponacensem id est de Monte Reali. Cesariensis habet Ι episcopum suffraganeum, scil. Sebastenum, ubi sepultus fuit Iohannes baptista et Eliseus et Abdias propheta. Tirensis ΙΙΙΙ habet suffraganeos: Acconensem, Sidonensem, Beritensem, et illum Bleinas, que est Cesarea Philippi. Nazarensis habet I Tiberiadensem, Ponacensis vero nullum Latinum, Grecum vero habet unum in monte Sina. 1

Textual Note

Ed. Neumann 1866

Discussion Note

Heiligenkreuz Bibliothek 88


Furthermore, the land of Jerusalem has a Patriarch, who is the father of the faith and Christians and is the vicar of Christ. He has four archbishops: one in the province of Palestine, namely, the Archbishop of Caesarea; the second in the province of Phoenicia, namely, the Archbishop of Tyre; the third in the province of Galilee, namely, the Archbishop of Nazareth, and the fourth in the province of Moab, namely, the Archbishop of Petra, or of Montreal. The Archbishop of Caesarea has one suffragan bishop, namely, the one of Sebaste, where John the Baptist, Elisha, and Abdias are buried. The Archbishop of Tyre has four suffragans: the bishops of Acre, Sidon, Beirut, and Bleinas, which is Caesarea Philippi. The Archbishop of Nazareth has one suffragan, the bishop of Tiberias, while the Archbishop of Petra has no Latin suffragan but a Greek one on Mount Sinai. 2

Translation Note

Adapted from Stewart 1894

Works Cited

  • 1 Wilhelm Anton Neumann, Drei mittelaltliche Pilgerschriften, Österreichische Vierteljahresschrift für katholische Theologie 5 (1866): 211–82, p: 267-268.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Worldcat Bibliographic record
  • 2 Anonymous Pilgrim V, [On the Holy Land], in Anonymous Pilgrims, I.-VIII, trans. Aubrey Stewart, repr. New York: AMS Press, 1971, Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society (London: Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society, 1894), 22–36, p: 30-31, section: 2.13.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record


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Joseph L. Rife, “Anonymous Pilgrim V, Untitled 2.13,” in Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, entry published June 30, 2023,


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