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  • ISBN: 9781442601994
  • Published: 2011
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Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader

Author: Brett Edward Whalen

Time Period: 2ND CENTURY CE-1539

About The Book

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.

About The Author

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).

Study Questions

The following questions are taken from a very popular online “quiz” that was launched alongside the publication of the book. There are two types of questions: “True or False” and “Multiple Choice.” Click on each question to reveal the answer.