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Vicarious Pilgrimage
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The primary goal of many medieval pilgrims was direct visual or tactile contact with relics or shrines; as Paulinus of Nola wrote in the fifth century, "the principal motive that draws people to Jerusalem is the desire to see and touch the places where Christ was present in the body." Over the course of the Middle Ages, however, a range of intermediary objects and alternative practices evolved to accommodate pilgrims who were unab…

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Kerr Houston, “Vicarious Pilgrimage”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00133>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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