Keys to the Past

Glossary

Pilgrimage

Term for the journey made by a pilgrim. On some popular routes to particular shrines there would be special hostels for staying overnight. In the Medieval period badges would be produced at the shrines showing the focus of the journey - perhaps of the saint themselves or something associated with them. These were bought by the pilgrims to show one had been wherever. Going on pilgrimage was thought to cure diseases, (such as leprosy), and reduce the time spent in Hell. The badges would be worn in death to signify this was a special person.

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