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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Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

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Author(s): Pascaline Monier
The Dome of the Rock is located on "Haram al-Sharif", the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem and was erected in 691-692 CE (72 in the Islamic calendar). Both its site and its date are essential in understanding the role of this unprecedented building. It dominates the agglomeration of Jerusalem, and most importantly faces the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, the center of the Christian religion. The Dome of the Rock represents for faithful Muslims the third holiest place on earth, after Mecca and Medina, respectively the locus for the Ka'bha and the place of the birth of the prophet. The 'Roc…

Donations and the Economics of Shrines

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Author(s): Anne McCants
Pilgrimage shrines offered from the time of their first development in late Antiquity and all throughout the Middle Ages a critical node of contact between the economy of the material world and that of the spiritual. As the repositories of the relics of the Saints, they provided access to the surplus merits of the saints themselves. As such, shrines were the most visible manifestation of what Max Weber aptly termed "the medieval economy of salvation." But they were also the sites of worldly mark…

Dreams and Visions of Saints

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Author(s): Isabel Moreira
Pilgrim Dreams and Visions at Holy Shrines In the Middle Ages it was commonly believed that while saints resided in heaven, they still maintained a presence on earth, and were especially active at the places where their bodily remains (Relics) were enshrined. One of the ways they demonstrated their continued engagement with Christians and their intercession with God was by appearing to their devotees in dreams and visions to impart messages and instructions. Such appearances often occurred in the vicin…