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Certificate of Pilgrimage
(500 words)

Pilgrimage and crusading vows created binding moral and legal obligations (see also Canon Law Regarding Pilgrims) and were associated with significant privileges. By the high Middle Ages, proof of completion of these vows became increasingly common. Authorities sought to prevent individuals from shirking the fulfillment of pilgrimages imposed as penances or court sentences or from taking pilgrimage or crusade vows in order to obtain the financial, legal and spiritual privileges attached to them without fulfilling their vows' obligations. While palms fr…

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Jessalynn Bird, “Certificate of Pilgrimage”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00445>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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