Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in the Medieval West

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in the Medieval West

by Diana Webb

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Pilgrimage was an integral part of both medieval religion and medieval life, and from its origins in the fourth-century Mediterranean world it spread rapidly to Northern Europe as a pan-European devotional phenomenon. Concentrating on the medieval Latin West, this book covers the period spanning the growth in pilgrimage during the seventh century to the Protestant Reformation in the 16-century, when pilgrimage ceased to be a vital part of European Christian culture. It draws extensively upon original source materials accounts of pilgrimage, guidebooks, chronicles, wills, covert memos, and state documents, thereby seeking to uncover the motives of the pilgrims themselves as well as details of and attitudes towards their preparations, journeys, shrines, and eventual destinations (particularly Jerusalem, Compostela, and Rome).

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This is an outstandingly successful anthology of a wide range of sources...
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Webb (history, King's College, University of London) utilizes a variety of source materials from the sixth century to the Reformation to explore the way that Christian pilgrimages related to a variety of support institutions including home churches, privileges granted by the law and governments to pilgrims, and the souvenir industry. Also explored is the decline of pilgrimage that resulted from the attacks upon it by the Protestant Reformation. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13: 9781860646492
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/16/2001
Series: International Library of Historical Studies
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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