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An Illuminated English Guide to Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: Oxford, Queen’s College, MS 357

Kathryn M. Rudy

in Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265048
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265048.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

An Illuminated English Guide to Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: Oxford, Queen’s College, MS 357

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Few medieval pilgrims' guides were written in English; even fewer were illuminated. This chapter examines Oxford, Queen's College, MS 357, a manuscript made in England in the late fifteenth century, which possesses both qualities. The manuscript contains a variety of texts written in Latin and English including pilgrims' guides, prayers to be said at holy sites in Palestine, travellers' tales, and descriptions of miracles that have taken place at shrines. It is also exuberantly illuminated. The miniatures begin with an Annunciation and end with Christ in Judgment. These two images form the parentheses around the others in the manuscript, which depict sites in the Holy Land. The miniatures and decoration unite the disparate texts, turning them into a scale model of salvation history and providing a prompt to virtual pilgrimage.

Keywords: Holy Land; pilgrimage; pilgrims' guides; England; fifteenth century; illuminated manuscripts; miracles; shrines; travel; virtual pilgrimage

Chapter.  9038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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