INTERACTIVE MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE

 


WELCOME

I invite you to interactively experience medieval pilgrimage through each of the literary works listed on this site. Each link will allow you virtually go on a pilgrimage through the eyes of the characters in each book.  One of the characters will be your guide as you learn about each site you visit.

SOURCES: This website was created as a university  course project on Medieval Pilgrimage Literature and is strictly for educational purposes only.  All photographs/texts are cited under Online Resources link at the end of each pilgrimage.  Please visit these sites for more information regarding the pictures  If your source is not cited we apologize, and please contact the webmaster so it can be  properly credited.

 Margery Kempe:   Click here for outline of pilgrimage.

Saluyng good palmeres and sondry folk alle!

Be not affrayed and without drede.  If it pleseth yow, fynde below verray true ymages of myne journee on pilgrimages of ferne halwes in sondry londes            

~Margery Kempe

                                                                             

St. Bridget of Sweden - literary outline only 

Medieval Penetentials - informational outline only (includes modern-day penance)  

Commune penaunce is that preestes enjoynen men communly in certeyn caas, as for to goon peraventure naked in pilgrimages, or barefoot. (ParsT (X.105)

 

The Pilgrimage of Human Life (Under Construction)

Piers Plowman (Under Construction)

Pilgrim's Progress: Books I and II  (Under Construction)  John Bunyan’s allegorical characters and places during pilgrimage in Pilgrim's Progress (early 17th century) have  similarities to the earlier written medieval  Pilgrimage of Human Life and Piers Plowman, as well as similarities to Christiana in Book II to women pilgrims such as Margery Kempe and St. Bridget of Sweden.

At the end of each pilgrimage there will be a quiz or series of questions, which will determine where you go next (penance for getting answers wrong or another pilgrimage)

Also included on this website will be links to Pilgrim’s Progress: Books I and II  - modern or post-modern pilgrimage literature. Although not quite medieval, John Bunyan’s allegorical characters and places of during this pilgrimage have similarities to Pilgrimage of Human Life and Piers Plowman, as well as similarities women pilgrims such as Margery Kempe and St. Bridget of Sweden to Christiana in Book II.

Penance was a huge factor in why people went on pilgrimages, usually to be purified of a sin or wrongdoing.  The Medieval Penetentials link gives a little bit  more history.

map source: http://www.florin.ms/

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