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The Pennyles Pilgrimage Or The Money-lesse Perambulation of John Taylor   By: (1580-1653)

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In "The Pennyles Pilgrimage Or The Money-lesse Perambulation of John Taylor," author John Taylor invites readers on an extraordinary journey through a bygone era. Chronicling his eventful pilgrimage, Taylor paints a vivid picture of his nostalgic adventures, captivating readers from start to finish.

The book follows Taylor's quest to travel across England without any money. Aiming to rely solely on the kindness and charity of others, Taylor embarks on this daring endeavor with nothing but his wits and a heart full of curiosity. As he sets foot on various bustling towns, sleepy villages, and bustling marketplaces, the reader becomes a silent companion, experiencing the world through his eyes.

Taylor's narrative voice is engaging, eloquent, and peppered with wit. His experiences are recounted with a charming blend of humor and genuine admiration for the diverse characters he encounters along the way. Taylor's willingness to embrace the unexpected lends itself to unforgettable encounters, making this book a delightful and thought-provoking read.

While the central theme of the book revolves around Taylor's quest for charity, it also serves as a testament to the resilience and compassion of ordinary people. Through his words, the author breathes life into those who crossed his path during his pilgrimage, showcasing the innate goodness that exists within humanity.

Beyond the surface, this book also reveals deeper societal insights. Taylor's observations allow readers to reflect upon the harsh realities of poverty and the significance of empathy in shaping a more compassionate world. Through his encounters, the author highlights the stark disparities that exist in society, bringing to light the longing for kindness that resides in each person's heart.

One of the book's highlights is Taylor's vivid descriptions. Whether capturing the serene beauty of the tranquil countryside or the bustling chaos of a crowded city square, his words transport the reader effortlessly. It is almost as if one can smell the freshly baked bread in the market stalls or feel the weight of the alms-giver's gaze. Such attention to detail adds richness to the reading experience and intensifies the emotional connection with the author and his journey.

However, at times, the book may not satisfy those seeking a conventional narrative structure. The episodic nature of Taylor's journey might leave some readers yearning for a more cohesive storyline. Nevertheless, his talent for storytelling ensures that even seemingly unrelated anecdotes intertwine seamlessly, creating an interconnected tapestry of experiences.

Overall, "The Pennyles Pilgrimage Or The Money-lesse Perambulation of John Taylor" is a captivating memoir that combines travelogue, social commentary, and heartfelt storytelling. John Taylor's remarkable pilgrimage is an intimate exploration of human nature, challenging readers to question their own attitudes towards charity, empathy, and society as a whole. By walking in Taylor's footsteps, readers gain not only a newfound appreciation for the past but also a profound understanding of the present.

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1. Quotes, parentheses and other punctuation are sometimes missing or missplaced in the original. These have been made consistent with modern convention.

2. Apostrophes, where missing in the original, have been added.

3. Footnotes have been numbered sequentially and moved to the end the book.

4. Misspelled words have been corrected and such changes noted at the end of the book.



The Money lesse perambulation,

of JOHN TAYLOR, Alias the Kings Majesties Water Poet .

HOW HE TRAVAILED ON FOOT from London to Edenborough in Scotland , not carrying any Money to or fro, neither Begging, Borrowing, or Asking Meate, drinke or Lodging.

With his Description of his Entertainment in all places of his Journey, and a true Report of the unmatchable Hunting in the Brea of Marre and Badenoch in Scotland .

With other Observations, some serious and worthy of Memory, and some merry and not hurtfull to be Remembred.

Lastly that (which is Rare in a Travailer) all is true.


Printed by Edw: Allde , at the charges of the Author. 1618

TO THE TRULY NOBLE AND RIGHT HONORABLE LORD GEORGE MARQUIS of Buckingham, Viscount Villiers, Baron of Whaddon, Justice in Eyre of all his Majesty's Forests, Parks, and Chases beyond Trent, Master of the Horse to his Majesty, and one of the Gentlemen of his Highness Royal Bed Chamber, Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter, and one of his Majesty's most Honorable Privy Council of both the Kingdoms of England and Scotland... Continue reading book >>

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