The Age of Pilgrimage: The Medieval Journey to God

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Paulist Press, 2003 - Religion - 567 pages
We are apt to forget how much people traveled in the Middle Ages. Not only merchants, friars, soldiers and official messengers, but crowds of pilgrims were a familiar sight on the roads of Western Europe. In this engaging work of history, Jonathan Sumption brings alive the traditions of pilgrimage prevalent in Europe from the beginning of Christianity to the end of the fifteenth century. Vividly describing such major destinations as Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Canterbury, he examines both major figures -- popes, kings, queens, scholars, villains -- and the common people of their day.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
The Cult of Relics
21
The Saints and Their Relics
50
The Pursuit of the Miraculous
69
The Medicine of the Sick
98
Origins and Ideals
122
The Penitential Pilgrimage
136
The Journey
239
The Sanctuary
299
Rome
308
The Later Middle Ages I
369
The Later Middle Ages II
385
Religion to Ritual
418
This
430
A hhreviations
441

The Great Age of Pilgrimage
160
The Legacy of the Crusades
194
The Growth of a Cult
207
Bihliogmphy
512
Index
549
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