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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 739: Pilgrim Possibilities, I: Pilgrimage and Danger

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:History Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University
Organiser:Kathryn Hurlock, Department of History- Politics and Philosophy- Manchester Metropolitan University
Moderator/Chair:Marci Freedman, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 739-aBy Sea and by Land: The Spiritual Benefits of Dangerous and Difficult Travel
(Language: English)
Philip Booth, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Maritime and Naval Studies, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 739-bThe Pilgrim Experience of East Roman Border Controls
(Language: English)
Lucas McMahon, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Lay Piety, Social History
Paper 739-c'As if they were worshipping the stench of a dead horse': The Warnings of Jan Hus against the Veneration of the Holy Blood of Wilsnack
(Language: English)
Alexandra Ballová, Ústav klasických studií, Masarykova univerzita
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching

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. Here we place 'pilgrims' and 'pilgrimage' at the centre of the discussion to see they were impacted by the dangers encountered on the journey. Paper one focuses on the difficulties and dangers of crossing the alps in the later Middle Ages and the problems associated with pilgrimage to Rome in this period. Paper two looks at the challenges Holy Land pilgrims faced in crossing the border between Eastern and Western Christianity and the dangers and complications that arose from travelling in areas under Byzantine control.