Sacred Tracks: 2000 Years of Christian Pilgrimage

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University of California Press, 2002 - 192 oldal
Ever since the Magi trekked from the East to witness the birth of Jesus, pilgrims have undertaken long and often dangerous journeys to seek out holy Christian places. Sacred Tracks tells the two-thousand-year-old story of Christian pilgrimage and the saints and pilgrims, shrines and cathedrals, relics and practices of a tradition that is still flourishing today.

Drawing on contemporary accounts and a wealth of illustration, Sacred Tracks captures the atmosphere of pilgrimage through the ages. Divided into three sections--"Early Paths," "Medieval Roads," and "Modern Ways"--the book describes every aspect of pilgrimage past and present, from the practicalities of setting out to the difficult conditions of travel, to the great sites, such as Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela, and Canterbury. The book looks at the pilgrims themselves, from St. Brendan, who is said to have cast himself adrift, letting God guide his search for a paradisal holy island, to the penitents, cure seekers, and adventurers who in the Middle Ages set out for the unknown in their millions.

In recent times pilgrimage has recaptured the popular imagination. For the increasing numbers who each year follow in the footsteps of their medieval forbears, Sacred Tracks describes the popular places of contemporary pilgrimage, such as Lourdes, Fatima, Walsingham, and Knock. Seven new and revived pilgrimages are described in detail, while a gazetteer provides information about a further seven in Europe, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Entertaining, colorful, and informative, this book is both a fascinating history of Christian pilgrimage and the perfect traveling companion for the pilgrim of today.
 

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Foreword
iii
EARLY PATHS
12
The Age of Constantine
24
Dark Age Journeys
34
Decline and Revival
48
MEDIEVAL ROADS
57
On the Road
73
Rome
90
Santiago de Compostela
99
Canterbury
107
Jerusalem and the Holy Land
115
Changing Attitudes
122
Epilogue
180
Select Bibliography
186
Acknowledgments
192
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James Harpur is an editor and writer of adult and children's illustrated titles. His books include Revelations: The Medieval World, The Atlas of Sacred Places, The Miracles of Jesus, Abraham and His Sons, and The Journeys of Paul. His children's books include Pyramids and The Eyewitness Visual Dictionary of Ancient Civilizations. His latest book of poetry is Oracle Bones.

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