Renaissance English Text Society (RETS), Vol. XXXI
William Baspoole's The Pilgrime
William Baspoole’s The Pilgrime was written in the early 1630s. While it purports to be a faithful rendering of a fourteenth-century religious allegory (Guillaume de Deguileville’s Pèlerinage de Vie Humaine), it is in fact a polemical rehandling, designed to promote Laudian values a decade before the Civil War. The full set of twenty-nine manuscript illustrations are reproduced in this edition of a text that circulated only in manuscripts — one of which was presented to James II’s Secretary of Ireland in 1688. The Pilgrime has never before been printed.