Virtual Pilgrimage

  • Kathryn Hurlock
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Virtual or armchair pilgrimage was a common way to engage with pilgrimage for those who could not, or would not, undertake a pilgrimage in person. This might be undertaken via proxies, but it was also usual to experience pilgrimage through works that described the route, sights, and experiences of pilgrimage for pilgrims to places like Jerusalem and Rome. This chapter looks at virtual pilgrimage in Wales, and in particular argues that the production of pilgrimage poetry in Welsh allowed for collective virtual pilgrimage, whereby an audience would hear an account simultaneously and thus benefit from the collective pilgrimage experience just as if they had been part of the communitas of the pilgrim road.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn Hurlock
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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