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Holy Land Pilgrimage and Geography in Fifteenth-Century England: Understanding and Devotion in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College Library, MS 426 (2021)


This article discusses a single late-fifteenth-century English manuscript as evidence for an understudied form of “virtual” pilgrimage. Bringing together the techniques of codicological, textual, and cartographic-historical research, the article shows how Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 426 presents a vision of the world profoundly inflected by Holy Land pilgrimage, in which scholarly, mathematical geography is placed in the service of knowledge and understanding of the Holy Land. Indeed, within MS 426, the process of gaining understanding of the world’s geography and of the place of the Holy Land within it becomes a kind of virtual pilgrimage: a form of vicarious wandering that prompts religious contemplation and devotion. The article, which includes discussion of the manuscript’s unique and previously unstudied Jerusalem map, thus reminds us to keep in mind the inadequacy of modern taxonomies for dealing with the messy materialities of medieval texts.

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Authors & Contributors
Bohak, Gideon
Boucher, Caroline
Boudet, Jean-Patrice
Boudon-Millot, Véronique
Dumas, Geneviève
Van Duzer, Chet A.
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Book History
Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Bacon, Roger
Cotrugli, Benedetto
Leonardo da Pisa
Phares, Simon de
Time Periods
15th century
14th century
13th century
16th century
Rome (Italy)

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