Pilgrimage Explored

Pilgrimage Explored

Edited by J. Stopford

Hardback
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York Medieval Press

Overview

Overview

The history and underlying ideology of pilgrimage examined, from prehistory to the middle ages.
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.

Details

May 1999
28 black and white, 12 line illustrations
232 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780952973430
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
York Medieval Press
BIC HBLC1
BISAC REL015000, HIS037010
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Table of Contents

`Pilgrimage in Prehistoric Britain?'. - Richard Bradley
`Were there Christian Pilgrims before Constantine?'. - E.D. Hunt
`Sacred Journeying: Women's Correspondence and Pilgrimage in the Fourth and Eighth Centuries'. - Julie Ann Smith
`Patrons, Pilgrims and the Cult of Saints in the Medieval Kingdom of Leon, Northern Spain'. - Simon Barton
`Jacques de Vitry and the Ideology of Pilgrimage'. - Debra J. Birch
`The Medieval Experience at the Shrine'. - Ben Nilson
`The Perils, or otherwise, of Maritime Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the Fifteenth Century'. - Wendy Childs
`Pilgrimage and the Cult of St Katherine of Alexandria in Late Medieval England'. - Katherine J. Lewis
`Lifting the Veil on Pilgrim Badges'. - A.M. Koldeweij
`Pilgrimage to Walsingham and the Re-Invention of the Middle Ages' (with John Elsner). - Simon Coleman
`Pilgrimage to Walsingham and the Re-Invention of the Middle Ages' (with Simon Coleman). - John R Elsner