Date of Award

Fall 1977

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Joseph M. Tyrell

Committee Member

Douglas Greene

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 B73


This thesis examines the possibility of establishing a linear relationship between the modern era and the High Middle Ages. Its inspiration is the English poet William Blake, who conceived man' pilgrimage in three stages: Innocence, Experience and Organized Innocence, The focus of the study is the apogee of the High Middle Ages and the particular question of whether that era can be equated with Blake's initial, integrated state of Innocence. Analysis of the literature, art, and. architecture of the period. suggests the validity of Blake's model and its potential value as a framework for understanding and coping with the contemporary era.


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