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Travel, Pilgrimage and Social Interaction from Antiquity to the Middle Ages





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Published October 25, 2019 by Routledge
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Book Description

Mobility and travel have always been key characteristics of human societies, having various cultural, social and religious aims and purposes. Travels shaped religions and societies and were a way for people to understand themselves, this world and the transcendent. This book analyses travelling in its social context in ancient and medieval societies. Why did people travel, how did they travel and what kind of communal networks and negotiations were inherent in their travels? Travel was not only the privilege of the wealthy or the male, but people from all social groups, genders and physical abilities travelled. Their reasons to travel varied from profane to sacred, but often these two were intermingled in the reasons for travelling. The chapters cover a long chronology from Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages, offering the reader insights into the developments and continuities of travel and pilgrimage as a phenomenon of vital importance.

Table of Contents

List of figures



List of maps



Preface





1. Introduction



Jenni Kuuliala and Jussi Rantala





2. Pilgrimage, Mobile Behaviours and the creation of Religious Place in early Roman Latium



Emma-Jayne Graham





3. The Meaning of Roads: A Reinterpretation of the Roman Empire



Ray Laurence





4. The Sacred Travel of the Valesius’ Family: Children and the liminal Stage



Katariina Mustakallio





5. When Kings and Gods meet: Agency and Experience in Sacred Travel from Alexander the Great to Caracalla



Jaakkojuhani Peltonen





6. Roman Imperial Family on the Road: Power and Interaction in the Roman East during the



Antonine Era



Sanna Joska





7. Pilgrimage in Pausanias



Jussi Rantala and Ville Vuolanto





8. Pilgrim’s Devotion? Christian Graffiti from Antiquity to the Middle Ages



Eva-Maria Butz and Alfons Zettler





9. The Rise of St. James’ Cult and the Concept of Pilgrimage



Klaus Herbers





10. Pedes habent et non ambulabunt: Mobility Impairment in Merovingian Gaul



Christian Laes





11. Sacralizing the Journey: Liturgies of Travel and Pilgrimage before the Crusades



M. Cecilia Gaposchkin





12. ‘Not all those who wander are lost’. Saintly Travellers and their Companions in medieval Scandinavia



Sara E. Ellis Nilsson





13. ‘The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never’. Practices of interurban Travelling on Horseback from Antiquity to the Middle Ages



Fabienne Meiers





14. Entertaining and Educating the Audience at Home: Eye-witnessing in Late Medieval Pilgrimage Reports



Stefan Schröder





15. A Native Lord in the Spanish Royal Court: The Transatlantic Voyage of Don Pedro de Henao, Cacique of Ipiales



Lauri Uusitalo





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Biography

Jenni Kuuliala is a university researcher at Tampere University, Finland. Her research interests include hagiography, pilgrimage and the social history of medicine in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.



Jussi Rantala is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University, Finland. His research concentrates on historiography, identity and power in Classical Antiquity, particularly in the Roman Empire.