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Author(s): Anja Grebe
Appropriate footwear was of utmost importance to every pilgrim. Medieval guidebooks and popular songs advised the pilgrim to take comfortable and durable shoes -- ideally two pairs -- with him. (See also Music and Pilgrimage). The texts give no precise information on form and material of the footwear, which depended on various premises, such as the itinerary and destination of the pilgrimage, the season, the mode of travel, the social background and the financial means of the pilgrim, his or her personal tastes, and prevailing fashion. Pictorial representations show pilgrims with…


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Author(s): Anja Grebe
Special robes for pilgrims or a pilgrim's "uniform" did not exist in the Middle Ages. Instead, a pilgrim robe usually consisted of a shirt, a pair of trousers, and a coat. Women wore dresses, and clerics kept their usual habits. (See also Women Pilgrims and Religious Pilgrimage). Male and female garments corresponded to everyday travel clothes and were cut according to the prevailing fashion, though they favored simple and functional materials suitable for the journey. Comfortable and weatherpro…

Pilgrim Costume

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Author(s): Anja Grebe
Adequate garments were of utmost importance to every pilgrim. Medieval pilgrims’ guides and songs insist on the importance of comfortable and weather-proof clothing, which helped to minimize the risks of accident and illness (see also Music and Pilgrimage and Hazards of Pilgrimage). They recommended a water-and-wind-resistant coat, preferably trimmed with leather or felt, warm underwear, a broad-brimmed hat to protect the traveler from the elements, and -- ideally two pairs of -- hard-wearing sh…