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date: 17 August 2019

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This article provides a very selective survey of spiritual travel in its major prose forms in medieval English literature, focusing on pilgrimage. It discusses mystic and poetic texts that engage the form of the quest in romance, allegory, and the vidas and confessions of mystics. It suggests that during this period the ecclesiastical and theological disapproval of the literalism of religious travel was raised to a level of ecstatic rejection of the body's adventures by mystical aspiration to a purely spiritual consciousness.

Keywords: spiritual travel, English literature, pilgrimage, mystic texts, poetic texts, romance, allegory, vidas, mystics, religious travel

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