Symon Semionis

Life
fl.1322 [Simeonis; or Fitzsimon]; Irish Franciscan who travelled to Palestine (Jerusalem), writing his record as Itinerarium (Cambridge 1778), which includes the first reference to ‘gypsies’. DIW ODNB FDA

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Works
Itinerarium Symonis Semeonis ab Hybernia ad Terram Sanctam, in Mario Esposito, ed., Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, IV (Dublin: DIAS 1960) [q.pp.].

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References
Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, pp.164-67: extract from The Itinerarium of Symon Simeonis [sic orth.], text and translation from Mario Esposito, ed., Itinerarium Symonis Semeonis ab Hybernia ad Terram Sanctam, in Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, IV (DIAS 1960); the sole surviving MSS dated 1335-52 and now held as MS 407 Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge [170].

W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (1984), Symon Semeonis encouraged a band of resistance fighters led by a man called Kalliergis, in 1322. Bibl. Esposito, M., Itinerarium Symonis Semeonis ab Hybernia ad Terram Sanctuam (Dublin 1960); this reference, p.45, n.4. (Stanford, p.227.)

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