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Sexuality and Pilgrimage
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In return for special legal and spiritual privileges, reformers typically urged pilgrims and crusaders to adhere to codes of conduct previously characteristic of regular and secular religious, such as chastity and poverty. From the early Middle Ages onwards, even married laypersons were exhorted to abstinence during the church calendar's penitential seasons or while performing penances including penitential pilgrimage. Secular and church authorities often imposed penitential pilgrimages on sexual offenders including adulterers, fornicators, the incest…

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Jessalynn Bird, “Sexuality and Pilgrimage”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 24 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00011>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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