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‘Travel’ of the Soul via Religiosity: Imaginary and Actual Pilgrimages

Perry, Ryan (2022) ‘Travel’ of the Soul via Religiosity: Imaginary and Actual Pilgrimages. In: Radulescu, Raluca and Ríkharðsdóttir, Sif, eds. Routledge Companion to Medieval English Literature. Routledge, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-367-18649-4. E-ISBN 978-0-429-19739-0. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:94133)

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This chapter explores real and imagined pilgrimages, beginning with the fictional journeys of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, and moving to the journeys– both actual – and ‘pilgrimages of the soul’ undertaken by Margery Kempe in her book. The reasons for the Wife of Bath’s association with repeated pilgrimage are introduced to speak to a salacious Western clerical culture of denigrating pilgrim wives, as a context to Margery Kempe’s own accounts of repeatedly facing abuse when on the road, and particularly from male religious. With the sanctions and obstacles facing female pilgrims, the chapter suggests that for most pious women, spiritual travel via texts such as pseudo-Bonaventure’s Meditiationes vitae Christi was the only viable way to reach the holiest sites in the Christian world, and especially those of Christ’s ministry and Passion.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Travel; women; misogyny; Wife of Bath; Margery Kempe; meditation; soul; contemplation; Jerusalem
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DH The Low Countries
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z4 Books. Writing. Paleography
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Ryan Perry
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2022 13:20 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2023 14:21 UTC
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