Pilgrimage was an integral part of both medieval religion and medieval life, and from its origins in the 4th 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 7th century to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th 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). The author - in setting oy the pilgrims' itineraries and describing the problems and hazards that they encountered en route - makes a major contribution to our knowledge both of the central role that pilgrimage played in the religious life of the medieval Christian and of the history of medieval Europe in general..
Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in the Medieval West