Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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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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Opposition to Pilgrimage

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Author(s): Jessalynn Bird
Proponents of pilgrimage lauded it as a powerful alternative for those unsuited to or incapable of other forms of penance, presenting the renunciations and austerities of the pilgrim's life as particularly efficacious forms of satisfaction for sin. Many pilgrims viewed contact with the holy represented in particular places or relics as an opportunity to win pardon from their sins. However, those vowed to the monastic life often insisted that their supervised and permanent interior contemplative …