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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 239: Conceptualising Pilgrimage, II: Creating Place and Pilgrimage

Monday 3 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

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/Chairs:Philip Booth, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Kathryn Hurlock, Department of History- Politics and Philosophy- Manchester Metropolitan University
Paper 239-aPilgrimage to Canterbury: Contestation, Piety, and Politics at the 1420 Jubilee
(Language: English)
John Jenkins, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, University of York
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 239-bMurder Near the Cathedral: William of Perth and the Perilous Road to Rochester
(Language: English)
Suzanne C. Hagedorn, Department of English, College of William & Mary, Virginia
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 239-cThe Miracles of Sainte Foy Priory, Longueville-sur-Scie, Normandy in the Early-12th Century: Charter Evidence for the Healing Hand of St Faith and the Priory as a Place of Pilgrimage
(Language: English)
Sarah Fry, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, 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 place 'pilgrims' and 'pilgrimage' at the centre of the discussion to see how they are reflected in the development of new pilgrimage sites, and the promotion, politicisation, and/or curation of more established cult centres. The first paper will focus on pilgrimage to Canterbury and the Jubilee of 1420 to discuss the extent to which pilgrimages were time-and-season dependent and the relationship between church ritual and potentially anarchic articulations of pilgrimage. Paper two will discuss the development of Rochester as a shrine to the murdered St William of Perth and the attempts of Rochester to manufacture a similar claim to a martyred saint as at Canterbury. Finally paper three will discuss the miracles of Saint Foy at Longueville, Normandy, and the way miracles, as recorded in charters were used to grow and develop St Foy's cult there.