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Philippe de Mézières

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Author(s): Stephanie Kamath
Philippe de Mézières (c.1327-1405), soldier, political advisor, advocate of crusade, and author of a sizeable French and Latin corpus including the allegorical Songe de vieil pelerin [ Dream of the Old Pilgrim], began his travels east early in life. Born into the minor nobility of Picardy, Mézières entered military service in 1345 and joined Humbert II's expedition to Smyrna in 1346. He may have seen Jerusalem that same year; his writings describe the sight of Jerusalem in his youth as an inspiration and suggest he spent time…


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Author(s): Stephanie Kamath
Guillaume de Deguileville (c.1295-1358), a monk of the Cistercian abbey at Chaalis, composed a widely-read trilogy of pilgrimage allegories, Le Pèlerinage de vie humaine [ Pilgrimage of Human Life, PVH] (c. 1331, revised c. 1355), Le Pèlerinage de l'âme [ Pilgrimage of the Soul, PA] (c.1355), Le Pèlerinage de Jésus christ [ Pilgrimage of Jesus Christ, PJC] (c. 1358). Little is known of Deguileville's life. Spellings of his name vary but suggest an origin in the town of Digulleville near Cherbourg in present day France. His writings suggest he entered…