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Martyrs
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Martyrs and their cults stimulated much of the pilgrimage traffic to Rome and other destinations. The Greek word "martyr" ("witness") designates in canonical scriptures one who could testify to or bear witness to Christ (e.g. Luke 24:48, John 1:15 and 5:36-39, Acts 1:22); in Revelation it has the additional sense of one who is killed for witnessing the faith (Rev. 2:13), the usage which gradually became a standard term. How enthusia…

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John Howe, “Martyrs”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00134>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023



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