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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 139: Conceptualising Pilgrimage, I: Reflections on Medieval Pilgrimage

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:History Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University
Organisers:Philip Booth, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Marci Freedman, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Fry, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 139-aPilgrims, Celebrants, Itinerants: Understanding Medieval Jewish 'Pilgrims'
(Language: English)
Marci Freedman, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Religious Life
Paper 139-bThe Stink of Rome: Early Modern Protestants Reflect on Medieval Pilgrimage
(Language: English)
Emily Price, Department of History, University of Michigan
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Religious Life

The purpose of these panels is to investigate the extent to which terms 'pilgrim' and 'pilgrimage' as concepts in Middle Ages changed over time, in space, and between religions. Often, there is a huge gulf between what motivated individuals to undertake pious travel, what they were doing, and what they were trying to achieve. Here we reflect on Medieval 'pilgrims' and 'pilgrimage' and how they have been perceived and understood both in the past and in the present. The first paper discusses the nature of Jewish pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and addresses how we are to best understand Jewish religious travel in this period. Using examples such as William Lithgow, paper two explores the Early Modern Protestant conception of medieval pilgrim and how this shaped non-Catholic pilgrimage after the reformation.