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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Writing and Walking in the Middle Ages: Pilgrim Libraries

29th January 2019, 17:30 to 18:30, Priors Hall, Durham Cathedral , Professor George Greenia

Pilgrims wander, libraries do not. The history of written culture in the West owes much to this apparent contradiction, perhaps the very emergence of travel writing as a “genre of authenticity”, eye witness testimony as seen by the spiritual eye within. What were the texts that launched pilgrims toward distant shine sites, what texts did they seek as they traveled, and what did they write on their return? And what is the material history of writing while on a journey in the Middle Ages?

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Lecture: 17.30-18.30