Pilgrimage Explored

Pilgrimage Explored

by J. Stopford
     
 

ISBN-10: 095297343X

ISBN-13: 9780952973430

Pub. Date: 05/20/1999

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

The enduring importance of pilgrimage as an expression of human longing is explored in this volume through three major themes: the antiquity of pilgrimage in what became the Christian world; the mechanisms of Christian pilgrimage (particularly in relation to the practicalities of the journey and the workings of the shrine); and the fluidity and adaptability of…  See more details below

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The enduring importance of pilgrimage as an expression of human longing is explored in this volume through three major themes: the antiquity of pilgrimage in what became the Christian world; the mechanisms of Christian pilgrimage (particularly in relation to the practicalities of the journey and the workings of the shrine); and the fluidity and adaptability of pilgrimage ideology. In their examination of pilgrimage as part of western culture from neolithic times onwards, the authors make use of a range of approaches, often combining evidence from a number of sources, including anthropology, archaeology, history, folklore, margin illustrations and wall paintings; they suggest that it is the fluidity of pilgrimage ideology, combined with an adherence to supposedly traditional physical observances, which has succeeded in maintaining its relevance and retaining its identity. They also look at the ways in which pilgrimage spilled into, or rather was part of, secular life in the middle ages. Dr JENNIE STOPFORD teaches in the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. Contributors: RICHARD BRADLEY, E.D. HUNT, JULIE ANN SMITH, SIMON BARTON, WENDY R. CHILDS, BEN NILSON, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, DEBRA J. BIRCH, SIMON COLEMAN, JOHN ELSNER, A. M. KOLDEWEIJ.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780952973430
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
05/20/1999
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
1Pilgrimage in Prehistoric Britain?1
2Were there Christian Pilgrims before Constantine?25
3Sacred Journeying: Women's Correspondence and Pilgrimage in the Fourth and Eighth Centuries41
4Patrons, Pilgrims and the Cult of Saints in the Medieval Kingdom of Leon57
5Jacques de Vitry and the Ideology of Pilgrimage79
6The Medieval Experience at the Shrine95
7The Perils, or Otherwise, of Maritime Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the Fifteenth Century123
8Pilgrimage and the Cult of St Katherine of Alexandria in Late Medieval England145
9Lifting the Veil on Pilgrim Badges161
10Pilgrimage to Walsingham and the Re-Invention of the Middle Ages189

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