Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Narrative Accounts, Itineraries and Descriptions
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Pilgrim authors write in various languages and from perspectives that differ depending upon their nationality, culture, social status, professional interests and audience. Despite the variety within the genre, recurrent themes may be expected in pilgrim literature; these include venerating the relics at shrines, describing churches (architecture, personnel and ceremonies), identifying potential lodgings en route, and commenting on the landscape, the people, and the food in eac…

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Kathleen Ashley, “Narrative Accounts, Itineraries and Descriptions”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 21 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00004>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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