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Instructor: Professor Andrew Jotinsky

To be taught in the History Department, McCrea Building, Royal Holloway, Egham, in term 2. Time and location TBC.

The aims of the course are to develop an understanding of the significance of pilgrimage in the medieval world through a combination of contextual study of the ideals and practices associated with this dimension of medieval piety, and specific study of contemporary pilgrimage accounts from the fourth to fifteenth centuries. Students should thereby be able to consider specific aspects of pilgrimage and the practices associated with it within a broad context of changing practices of piety. They should appreciate the value of interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of medieval texts, and comparative approaches to medieval religious history. The content will be based on study of a number of pre-selected contemporary pilgrimage accounts from Latin and Byzantine sources, in translation. Typical topics will include: the practice of pilgrimage in religious traditions from Late Antiquity onwards, Saints' cults and sacred space, specific pilgrimage destinations, pilgrims' writings, gender, class, material culture, etc.

Introductory Reading:

Dietz, Maribel. Wandering Monks, Virgins and Pilgrims: Ascetic Travel in the Mediterranean World 300-800 (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2005)

Eade, John and Michael Salnow (ed) Contesting the Sacred: The Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage (London: Routledge, 1991)

Kofsky, Aryeh and Guy C. Stroumsa (eds) Sharing the Sacred. Religious Contacts and Conflicts in the Holy Land, First to Fifteenth Centuries CE (Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben Zvi, 1998)

Sumption, Jonathan. Pilgrimage. An Image of Medieval Religion (London: Faber, 1975)

Turner, Victor and Edith. Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 1995).

Van Herwaarden, J. 'Pilgrimage and Social Prestige: Some Reflections on a Theme', in Wahlfahrt und Alltag in Mittelalter und fruher Neuezeit, ed G. Jaritz and B. Schuh (Vienna, 1992), 27-79

Webb, Diana. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in the Medieval West (London : I.B. Tauris, 1999)


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