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).

Product Details

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: 5.38(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Diana Webb is Lecturer in History at King’s College, University of London.

Table of Contents

Pilgrimage Down to the Twelfth Century
• The Development of Medieval European Pilgrimage
European Pilgrimage c.1100-c.1500
• Penitential Pilgrimage
• Indulgences and Jubilees
• Help and Hazard: The Pilgrim's Experience
• Remembering Pilgrimage: Souvenirs
• Pilgrimage Post Mortem: Wills
• Pilgrimage in One City: Pistoia
Pilgrimage in One Country: England
• Englishmen Abroad
• Pilgrimage in England
• Pilgrimage to and from Scotland
• European Visitors
Verdicts on Pilgrimage
• Criticism and Evaluation of Pilgrimage

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