Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Lameness, or loss of mobility in one or more limbs, today referred to as physical impairment or disability, was among the more common motivations for pilgrimage. The Christian tradition of miraculous restoration of physical mobility has roots in the Gospels, where Jesus cured these ailments (see for example Matthew 15:30). As in the cases of blindness and deafness, for those suffering from physical impairment in the Middle Ages, pilgrimage and the resulting miracles were perceived as the best hope for cures when other methods of healing failed. Howeve…

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Sarah Gordon, “Lameness”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00106>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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