The Age of Pilgrimage: The Medieval Journey to God / Edition 1

The Age of Pilgrimage: The Medieval Journey to God / Edition 1

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by Jonathan Sumption
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1587680254

ISBN-13: 9781587680250

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Paulist Press

About the Author

Jonathan Sumption was a History Fellow at Magdalene College, Oxford, until 1975 and is now a QC practicing at the commercial bar. He has also written The Albigensian Crusade and Trial by Battle and Trial by Fire, the first two volumes of his acclaimed history of the Hundred Years War.

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About the Author

Jonathan Sumption was a History Fellow at Magdalene College, Oxford, until 1975 and is now a QC practicing at the commercial bar. He has also written The Albigensian Crusade and Trial by Battle and Trial by Fire, the first two volumes of his acclaimed history of the Hundred Years War.

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ISBN-13:
9781587680250
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
698,480
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
1.Introduction5
2.The Cult of Relics21
3.The Saints and Their Relics50
4.The Pursuit of the Miraculous69
5.The Medicine of the Sick98
6.Origins and Ideals122
7.The Penitential Pilgrimage136
8.The Great Age of Pilgrimage160
9.The Legacy of the Crusades194
10.The Growth of a Cult207
11.The Journey239
12.The Sanctuary299
13.Rome308
14.The Later Middle Ages I369
15.The Later Middle Ages II385
16.Mediaeval Christianity: Religion to Ritual418
Abbreviations441
Notes445
Bibliography512
Index549

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The Age of Pilgrimage: The Medieval Journey to God 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
calltom More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed this volume. I read history, including church history, for pleasure and I've derived a lot of pleasure from this volume from Jonathan Sumption. This is history made easy to read and yet packed with details and anecdotes. Footnotes are appended at the back of the book, which is a kindly way to do it. The book covers the entire range of pilgrimage days, from the very earliest travelers and into early modern times. Journeys to Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and numerous other, smaller western European sites are brought to life. Sumption covers the charms, the clothing, and other items every pilgrim needed. He recounts the various permissions that were granted through the centuries to allow both upper and lower classes to be allowed to make their visitations. He clarifies the dangers and protections travelers could anticipate. Many pilgrims never returned from their journeys, some by choice and others through death or captivity. When you see in detail what those pilgrims had to endure, or often chose to endure, you gain a respect for what we used to refer to as the Dark Age. It was anything but Dark. If you are interested in this aspect of Christianity's past, I think you'd enjoy this read immensely. I do recommend it most highly. I believe the book will appeal to both the general reader and the specialist. Sumption's strength is the detail he brings to his book. He spent years in researching medieval archives and documents, and he uses these to make a very old time come to life.