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2018 Week 5 Course 8

Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages


Trevor Rowley


Week 5

29 July - 4 August 2018

What motivated thousands to take to the harsh road of pilgrimage every year throughout the Middle Ages? This course will trace the history of Christian pilgrimage from its origins in the 4th-century to its virtual demise in the 16th-century. Among topics to be examined will be, the nature of relics and sanctity, the major pilgrimage centres of Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela, the geography, landscape, archaeology and architecture of shrines. The politics and economics of pilgrimage will also be discussed along with the reasons why pilgrimage turned into crusade, and how medieval pilgrimage came to an abrupt end, at least in Northern Europe. There will be a field trip to Winchester.





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