William Baspoole's The Pilgrime

Renaissance English Text Society (RETS), Vol. XXXI

William Baspoole's The Pilgrime

Edited by Kathryn Walls (Victoria University of Wellington ) and Marguerite Stobo
2007 | 558 + xxiv pp. | 53 ills. | 978-0-86698-385-3 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 337 | $70 | £43 |

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.