Visions and Visionaries

Andrew Galloway

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Visions and Visionaries

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This article examines literary work of visions and visionaries in England during the medieval period. It explains that for every literary work of visions in English, hundreds more visionary narratives or accounts of visions survive in English that are less clearly established as serving our notion of literary ends, and many thousands of others both literary and less so in all languages of the medieval period. It argues that medieval vision-literature generated wide communities of readers because they provided guidance for political and even military decisions, encouragement for personal paths to salvation, and they bridged the gap between the living and the dead.

Keywords: literary work; visions; visionaries; England; medieval period; vision-literature

Article.  9787 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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