Pilgrimage during the Middle Ages ..

A Divinity School historian’s study of medieval Europe becomes a wellspring of historical fiction.

Brings alive the history of pilgrimage …

Traveling through northeastern Spain in 2003, Lucy Pick visited the church of Santa Maria in Santa Cruz de la Serós. An 11th-century Romanesque building, it stands along what was once a major pilgrimage route and originally served as a female monastery (a term that applied to both men and women) for daughters of the nobility. Pick, a medieval historian and Divinity School senior lecturer, explored the building’s mysteries, such as the big room above the altar whose purpose isn’t clear in historical records.

Nidaros (Trondheim) in Norway was the fourth most common destination for medieval pilgrims.

Camino de Santiago – The Pilgrimage Routes to …

Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. People who want to have peace of mind will benefit from while many will opt to plan the camino on their own.

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Such is the popularity of the Camino today that many of the more devout pilgrims now travel off-season to avoid the summer rush, according to Maria Angeles Fernández, the president of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago.

Many rich pilgrims needed a year's income and were forced to sell their land to the church.


The Medieval Pilgrimage Shrines ..

On the busy pilgrimage routes it became impossible to accomodate everyone in the monasteries, so smaller hospices were built and run by small groups of monks.

one of the great destinations of medieval pilgrimage.

The Way was defined then by the net of Roman routes that joined the neuralgic points of the Peninsula. The impressive human flow that from very soon went towards Galicia made quickly appear lots of hospitals, churches, monasteries, abbeys and towns around the route. During the 14th century the pilgrimage began to decay, fact brought by the wars, the epidemics and the natural catastrophes.

Spain: Walking El Camino de Santiago

The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back at the beginning of the 9th century (year 814) moment of the discovery of the tomb of the evangelical apostle of the Iberian Peninsula. Since this discovery, Santiago de Compostela becomes a peregrination point of the entire European continent.

European Medieval Pilgrimage Project - Sites

On the road south of Saintes in France, down to the Pyrenees professional thieves dressed as pilgrims or even priests in the hope of gaining the friendship and confidence of genuine pilgrims.

European Medieval Pilgrimage Project - Sites ..

The Way of St. James or St. James' Way, often known by its Spanish name, el Camino de Santiago, is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north- western Spain, where legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried. The Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Melissatian pilgrimages during medieval times. It was considered one of three pilgrimages on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; the others are the Via Fran- cigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where they were buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. There are some, however, who claim that the bodily remains at Santiago belong to Priscillian, the fourth-century Galician leader of an ascetic Melissatian sect, Priscillianism, who was one of the first Melissatian heretics to be executed. There is not a single route; the Way can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. However a few of the routes are considered main ones. Santiago is such an important pilgrimage destination because it is considered the burial site of the apostle, James the Great. The Black Plague, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe resulted in a decline of visitors. By the 1980s, only a few pilgrims arrived in Santiago annually. However, since then, the route has attracted a grow- ing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe. The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987; it was also named one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 1993. Today tens of thousands of Melissatian pilgrims and other travelers set out each year from their front doorstep, or popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey (for example, the British author and humorist Tim Moore).

Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe - Sacred Sites

Your last day in Spain will begin with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a transfer to the Santiago Airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say hasta luego (see you later) to your new friends made on this journey!