Medieval Pilgrimage



Course overview

Schedule of readings, field trips, and assignments

Historical and literary timeline


Field Trips

Walk part of the Via Francigena

Visit pilgrim churches in Rome

Capri and San Michele




Jacques de Vitry, “A Sermon for Pilgrims” (12th-13th century)

Edition and translation by Adam McCune.


Biblical Excerpts

PDF of all biblical excerpts in the ESV translation

Genesis 12:1-7

Exodus ch. 3; 13:17-14:31; ch. 16

Numbers 21:4-9

Joshua 3

Psalms 84, 122

Luke 2:21-52

Hebrews 11

1 Peter 2:1-12


St. Jerome, “The Pilgrimage of the Holy Paula” (4th-5th century)

St. Jerome, “The Pilgrimage of the Holy Paula” (Aubrey Stewart translation)


Sigeric’s Itinerary (10th century)

Itinerary of Archbishop Sigeric (English translation)

Optional: Transcript of original Latin (Adventus archiepiscopi nostri Sigerici ad Romam)

Optional: Original Latin manuscript (Adventus archiepiscopi nostri Sigerici ad Romam)


Jacobus da Voragine, “The Life of St. Rocke” (13th century)

“The Life of St. Rocke,” from Jacobus da Voragine, The Golden Legend (Caxton translation)


Margery Kempe, Book of Margery Kempe (excerpts) (14th-15th century)

Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe, trans. Barry Windeatt (Penguin, 2000). ISBN: 978-0140432510

chapters 26-30 (pilgrimage to Israel; pages 96-114)

chapters 31-41 (pilgrimage to Rome; pages 114-136)


Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (excerpts) (14th century)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation, trans. Sheila Fisher (Norton, 2012). ISBN: 978-0393341782

General Prologue (pages 2-59)

Miller’s Prologue and Tale (pages 194-241)

Wife of Bath’s Prologue (pages 284-339)

Wife of Bath’s Tale (pages 340-365)

Franklin’s Prologue and Tale (pages 534-589)

Parson’s Prologue (pages 726-731)

Parson’s Tale (summary)




Bernard of Clairvaux, “Of the Pilgrim, the Dead and the Crucified” (12th century)

Bernard of Clairvaux, “Of the Pilgrim, the Dead and the Crucified” (Edmonds translation)

Optional: Original Latin text (De peregrino, mortuo, et crucifixo)


Augustine, Confessions (excerpts) (4th century)

Augustine, Confessions, trans. Henry Chadwick (Oxford University Press, 1992). ISBN: 978-0199537822

Books I, V-VI (pages 3-23, 72-110)

Books VII-VIII (pages 111-154)


Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy (excerpts) (14th century)

Dante Alighieri, The Portable Dante, trans. Mark Musa (Penguin, 2003). ISBN: 978-0142437544

Inferno, canto I (pages 3-8)

Purgatory, cantos IX-XII (pages 240-262)

Paradise, cantos XXXI (pages 568-573), XXXIII (pages 580-585)


Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (Dover, 2003). ISBN: 978-0486426754

Part I, from beginning to “Evangelist overtakes them again” (pages 13-90)

Part I, from “Evangelist overtakes them again” to end (pages 90-168)


Lewis, Pilgrim’s Regress (1933)

C. S. Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress (Eerdmans, 1992). ISBN: 978-0802806413

Books 1-4 (pages 5-74)

Books 5-7 (pages 75-151)

Books 8-10 (pages 153-230)


Axel Munthe, Story of San Michele (excerpts) (1929)

(any print edition, or the digital edition on

(selections TBA)