The Charisma of Distant Places: Travel and Religion in the Early Middle Ages, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Charisma of Distant Places

Travel and Religion in the Early Middle Ages, 1st Edition

By Courtney L Luckhardt

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280 pages | 1 Color Illus. | 12 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-08-02
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This cultural history of early medieval travel and religion reveals how movement affected society, demonstrating the connectedness of people and regions between 500 and 850 CE. In The Charisma of Distant Places, Courtney Luckhardt enriches our understanding of migration through her examination of religious movement. Vertical links to god and horizontal links to distant regions identified religious travelers - both men and women - as holy, connected to the human and the divine across physical and spiritual distances. Using textual sources, material culture, and place studies, this project is among the first to contextualize the geographic and temporal movement of early medieval people to reveal the diversity of religious travel, from the voluntary journeys of pilgrims to the forced travel of Christian slaves. Luckhardt offers new ways of understanding ideas about power, holiness, identity, and mobility during the transformation of the Roman world in the global Middle Ages. By focusing on the religious dimensions of early medieval people and the regions they visited, this book addresses probing questions, including how and why medieval people communicated and connected with one another across boundaries, both geographical and imaginative.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of maps

Abbreviations

 

Introduction: Uncovering Religious Travel

 

Chapter One: Practicalities of Early Medieval Travel

 

Chapter Two: Contested Space, Sacred Space in the Holy Land

 

Chapter Three: The Pull of Rome

 

Chapter Four: Monastic Migration and Social Motion

 

Chapter Five: Unfreedom and Religious Migrations

 

Conclusion: Epilogue

 

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Courtney Luckhardt is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

About the Series

Studies in Medieval History and Culture

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HISTORY / General