Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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The scrip (pera) was a wallet or pouch, commonly made of leather and attached to a belt, in which a pilgrim carried food, money, relics, and official documents. Along with the staff, the scrip evolved from everyday travel gear into a standard pilgrim attribute (see also Pilgrim Costume). Pilgrims often had their staves and scrips blessed before beginning their journeys, a ritual comparable to the ordination of priests and the dubbing of knights (see also Pilgrim Prayers and Knighting of Pilgrims). The earliest record of these blessings occurs in the tenth-century Romano-G…

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Emily Price, “Scrip”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00160>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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