Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Pilgrimage was an essential element in the veneration of saints. On the other hand, an existing cult and a group of devotees were indispensable requirements for canonization, the official recognition of person's sainthood.

The authority to canonize, to proclaim a person saint, became a papal prerogative in 1234. After this, theoretically at least, the papal curia controlled all new cults, and saints and sainthood had the same ground rules throughout medieval Europe. The candidate needed to have led an impeccable life and perfor…

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Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, “Canonization”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00152>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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