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Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West$
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Lucy Donkin and Hanna Vorholt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265048

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265048.001.0001

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

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

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(p.218) (p.219) 8 An Illuminated English Guide to Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: Oxford, Queen’s College, MS 357
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Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West
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Kathryn M. Rudy

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265048.003.0009

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

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