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Fabulous or Imaginative Pilgrimages
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Imaginative travel accounts, particularly quest narratives, are a staple of medieval literature. All such tales, including those of pilgrimage, are built upon the generic-level metaphor, life is a journey (see also Homo Viator). These narratives, whether sacred or secular, rely upon a set of conventions that date to antiquity and include: the mentor/guide and naïve mentee/student pair; experiential learning via adventure and hardship; testing of the naïf, literal and figurative border crossing; the attainment of an interior or…

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Daniel P. Terkla, “Fabulous or Imaginative Pilgrimages”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00292>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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