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date: 17 October 2019

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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

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