Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Edited by: Larissa J. Taylor et al.

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage is an interdisciplinary reference work, giving wide coverage of the role of travel in medieval religious life. Dealing with the period 300-1500 A.D., it offers both basic data on as broad a range of European pilgrimage as possible and clearly written, self-contained introductions to the general questions of pilgrimage research.

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Author(s): Gosia Brykczynska
Częstochowa is a small town in Central Poland with a medieval history, having obtained its municipal rights in 1356 from King Casimir the Great. Pilgrimages to the shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa located in the Pauline monastic church situated on Jasna Góra within the current city boundaries, also dates back to the middle of the fourteenth century. However, the period of greatest devotion and interest in the shrine is post-medieval. According to the 1474 manuscript Translatio Tabulae, Prince Władysław Opolczyk (Prince of Opole) in 1382 brought over to Poland from Belz …