Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Subject: History

Edited by: Larissa J. Taylor et al.

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage is an interdisciplinary reference work, giving wide coverage of the role of travel in medieval religious life. Dealing with the period 300-1500 A.D., it offers both basic data on as broad a range of European pilgrimage as possible and clearly written, self-contained introductions to the general questions of pilgrimage research.

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Knighting of Pilgrims

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Author(s): Kathryne Beebe
While certain pilgrims may have been knighted at St Katherine's monastery in Sinai and at the court of Cyprus, the best documented cases are those at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (See also Pilgrimage of Nobles). Never a formally constituted "order," knighthood at the Holy Sepulchre proved to be increasingly popular throughout Europe in the later Middle Ages. Despite claims that the origins of knighting in the Holy Sepulchre went back to Godfrey de Bouillon, or even to James the…