Pilgrimage to Rome in the Middle Ages: Continuity and Change

Pilgrimage to Rome in the Middle Ages: Continuity and Change

by Debra J. Birch

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Overview

Debra Birch's lively account of pilgrimage to Rome throughout the medieval period is well-documented and clearly presented. HISTORY TODAY [Emma Mason]Well researched, clearly written, and, quite apart from the eternal city, provides an excellent introduction to pilgrimage as a whole. CHURCH TIMES [Nicholas Orme] Rome was one of the major pilgrim destinations in the middle ages. The belief that certain objects and places were a focus of holiness where pilgrims could come closer to God had a long history in Christian tradition; in the case of Rome, the tradition developed around two of the city's most important martyrs, Christ's apostles Peter and Paul. So strong were the city's associations with these apostles that pilgrimage to Rome was often referred to as pilgrimage 'to the threshold of the apostles'. Debra Birch conveys a vivid picture of the world of the medieval pilgrim to Rome - the Romipetae, or 'Rome-seekers' - covering all aspects of their journey, and their life in the city itself. DEBRA BIRCH is assistant secretary at the Institute of Historical Research. CONTENTS The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage to Rome . The Journey to Rome . Obligations and Privileges . Rome of the Pilgrim I . Rome of the Pilgrim II . Welfare Provisions for Pilgrims in Rome . The Popularity of Pilgrimage to Rome in the 12th Century . The 13th-Century Revival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780851157719
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/02/2000
Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion Series , #955
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsvi
Prefaceix
List of Abbreviationsx
Introduction and Sources1
1The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage to Rome23
2The Journey to Rome38
3Obligations and Privileges72
4Rome of the Pilgrim: Part One89
5Rome of the Pilgrim: Part Two103
6Welfare Provisions for Pilgrims in Rome123
7The Popularity of Pilgrimage to Rome in the Twelfth Century150
8The Thirteenth-Century Revival187
Conclusion203
Bibliography207
Selective Index231

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