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Canon Law Regarding Pilgrims
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From the early Middle Ages, both canon (church) and secular law sought to define the status of individuals who had taken pilgrimage or crusading vows and to enable them to fulfill what they had pledged via the grant of special legal and spiritual privileges. Rights promised to pilgrims influenced those granted to crusaders (often described as armed pilgrims) and vice versa (see also Crusades). Little distinction was made between the two until the mid-t…

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Jessalynn Bird, “Canon Law Regarding Pilgrims”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00007>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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