Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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During the sixth century, Irish missionaries began to impose pilgrimages as penance for a variety of sins. (See also Penitential Pilgrimage). These pilgrimages often incorporated other penitential practices along the way to destinations such as Rome and Jerusalem. These could either be self-imposed or they could be imposed by the clerics who approved the pilgrimage. Fasting was one of the many forms of penance practiced by pilgrims while on their way to shrines. It also served the purpose of bringing the pilgrim closer to…

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Whitney Ellen Huey, “Fasting”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00135>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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