Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader

Edited by Brett Edward Whalen

© 2011

Pilgrimage inspired and shaped the distinct experiences of commoners and nobles, men and women, clergy and laity for over a thousand years. Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader is a rich collection of primary sources for the history of Christian pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean world from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries. The collection illustrates the far-reaching significance and consequences of pilgrimage for the culture, society, economics, politics, and spirituality of the Middle Ages. Brett Edward Whalen focuses on sites within Europe and beyond its borders, including the holy places of Jerusalem, and provides documents that shed light upon Eastern Christian, Jewish, and Islamic pilgrimages. The result is an innovative sourcebook that offers a window into broader trends, shifts, and transformations in the Middle Ages.

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  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
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  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
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Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader is a rich collection of primary sources for the history of Christian pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean world from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries.

Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader

Edited by Brett Edward Whalen

© 2011

Pilgrimage inspired and shaped the distinct experiences of commoners and nobles, men and women, clergy and laity for over a thousand years. Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader is a rich collection of primary sources for the history of Christian pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean world from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries. The collection illustrates the far-reaching significance and consequences of pilgrimage for the culture, society, economics, politics, and spirituality of the Middle Ages. Brett Edward Whalen focuses on sites within Europe and beyond its borders, including the holy places of Jerusalem, and provides documents that shed light upon Eastern Christian, Jewish, and Islamic pilgrimages. The result is an innovative sourcebook that offers a window into broader trends, shifts, and transformations in the Middle Ages.

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Product Details

  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, the sixteenth volume of the University of Toronto Press's "Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures" series, provides an impressively comprehensive collection of medieval pilgrimage narratives.
    Comitatus

    Overall, the volume supplies an invaluable teaching tool which—like others in the series—is ample and diverse enough to be deployed effectively in many types of courses. Study questions after each selection primarily encourage close reading and a search within the texts for answers, with some opportunities for speculative imagination and comparisons of different sources.
    The Medieval Review

    A rich treasury of primary sources vividly bringing to life the background, practice, and significance of medieval pilgrimage. An invaluable resource for students and specialists alike.
    Dee Dyas, University of York

    Another indispensable book in an already very useful series from the University of Toronto Press. Brett Edward Whalen has selected a cogent and illuminating set of sources offering insights into pilgrimage as a metaphor, an idea, and a practice from the Patristic period to Martin Luther. Anyone who picks up this book will surely want to design a course around it.
    Claire Fanger, Rice University
  • Author Information

    Brett Edward Whalen is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Harvard University Press, 2009).
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Chapter One: The Origins of Christian Pilgrimage

    1. Pausanias's Guide to Greece

    2. Josephus on the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem

    3. The Promised Land in Christian Scripture

    4. Eusebius on the Constantinian Peace

    5. The Discovery of the True Cross

    6. Julian the Apostate and the Temple Mount

    7. The Pilgrimage of Etheria

    8. Jerome on the Pilgrimage of Paula

    9. Jerome on the Cult of Saints

    10. The Life of Melania the Younger

    11. The Breviary of Jerusalem

    12. Life as Pilgrimage: Augustine's Confessions

    Chapter Two: Saints, Travelers, and Sacred Spaces in the Early Medieval West

    13. The Churches of Rome

    14. Devotion in Italy: Paulinus of Nola's Letters

    15. Gregory of Tours on Shrines and Miracles in Merovingian Gaul

    16. Pilgrims as Wanderers: The Voyage of Saint Brendan

    17. Penance and Pilgrimage

    18. Saint Boniface on Pilgrimage: Advice and Criticism

    19. Charlemagne and the Churches of Rome

    20. Regulating Pilgrimage in the Carolingian Empire

    21. The Translation and Miracles of Saints Marcellinus and Peter

    22. Criticizing the Cult of Saints: Claudius of Turin's Complaint

    23. The "Saracen" Sack of Saint Peter's Basilica

    Chapter Three: Jerusalem and the Holy Places under Islamic Rule

    24. A Christian Reaction to the Islamic Capture of Jerusalem

    25. The Night Journey of Muhammad

    26. The Pilgrimage of Arculf

    27. The Hodoeporicon of Saint Willibald

    28. Charlemagne's Legendary Journey to the East

    29. The Monk Bernard's Journey to Jerusalem

    30. Mukaddasi's Description of Syria

    31. Diary of a Journey through Syria and Palestine

    Chapter Four: Pilgrimage Before and After the Millennium

    32. Popular Devotion and the Peace of God

    33. The Miracles of Saint Foy

    34. A Penitent Pilgrim in Irons

    35. The Destruction of the Holy Sepulcher

    36. Millennial Devotion and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    37. The Pilgrimage of Richard of Verdun

    38. The German Pilgrimage of 1064-65

    39. A Canterbury Monk at Constantinople

    Chapter Five: Pilgrimage and Holy War

    40. Peter the Hermit's Pilgrimage

    41. The Conquest of Jerusalem in 1099

    42. The Relics of Saint George at Anchin

    43. Monastic Criticisms of Crusading and Pilgrimage

    44. The Pilgrimages of Bohemond of Taranto

    45. The Travels of Saewulf

    46. Pilgrimage from Russia to the Holy Land

    47. The Tomb of the Patriarchs

    48. Richard of Cornwall's Crusade

    Chapter Six: Pilgrimage and Medieval Society

    49. Guibert of Nogent, On Saints and their Relics

    50. Accommodating Pilgrims at the Church of St-Denis

    51. Miracles at the Shrine of Thomas Becket

    52. The Marvels of Rome

    53. A Miracle of Mary Magdalene

    54. The Pilgrim's Guide to St-James at Compostella

    55. Liturgy for Pilgrims and Crusaders

    56. Medieval Exempla and Pilgrimage

    57. Jewish Host Desecration and Christian Veneration

    Chapter Seven: Pilgrimage and the Wider World

    58. Muhammad al-Idrisi's Description of Jerusalem

    59. The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela

    60. Rabban Sauma's Journey from the East

    61. Ibn Battuta on the Pilgrimage Sites of Mecca

    62. The Pilgrimage of Mansa Musa

    63. Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo at Constantinople

    64. Pero Tafur at Jerusalem

    Chapter Eight: Pilgrimage and Piety in the Late Middle Ages

    65. The Jubilee Year of 1300

    66. Pilgrimage and Satire: The Canterbury Tales

    67. Margery Kempe's Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

    68. The Tribulations of Brother Felix

    69. The Pilgrimage of Arnold von Harff

    70. Thomas More on Saints, Shrines, and Pilgrims

    71. Martin Luther on the Papacy and Pilgrimage

    72. Mexico Meets Jerusalem: Motolinia's History of the Indians of New Spain

    Index of Topics

    Sources

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