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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 339: Conceptualising Pilgrimage, III: Materiality and Pilgrimage

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

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:John Jenkins, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, University of York
Paper 339-aThe Cult of the Virgin Mary in Parish, Domestic, and Pilgrimage Contexts: Comparative Analysis of Objects Associated with Marian Devotion in Late Medieval London
(Language: English)
Eliot Benbow, School of History Queen Mary University of London / Museum of London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Religious Life
Paper 339-bThe Legacy of Parallel Pilgrimages East and West: Passports, Souvenirs, and Guidebooks
(Language: English)
Janice Farley, Department of Fine Arts, City University of New York
Index terms: Archives and Sources, 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 the material remnants of pilgrimage. The first paper will look at the genre of objects relating to the Cult of the Virgin from 14th- to 16th-century England and how these relate to pilgrimage. Paper two compares the development of a tradition of passports, 'souvenirs', and guidebooks in both the medieval European and Japanese contexts and thinks about the legacy of these developments.