Reading Group for Pilgrimage Studies: The Perils of Pilgrimage

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The Reading Group for Pilgrimage Studies, run by The Oxford Pilgrimage Studies Network, is an informal, interdisciplinary forum to discuss readings engaging with the phenomenon of pilgrimage broadly. It meets every other Thursday, during odd weeks in Hilary Term 2019.

Week 9: A consideration of the physical and moral dangers facing pilgrims.


Coleman, Simon. “Purity As Danger? Seduction and Sexuality at Walsingham.” In The Seductions of Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys Afar and Astray in the Western Religious Tradition, eds. Michael A. Di Giovine and David Picard. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. (pp. 53–69)
Constable, Giles. "Opposition to Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages." Studia Gratiana 19 (1976): 125–146.
Williams, Wes. "'A Mirrour of Mis-Haps,/ A Mappe of Miserie': Dangers, Strangers, and Friends in Renaissance Pilgrimage." In 'Book' of Travels : Genre, Ethnology, and Pilgrimage, 1250–1700, ed. Palmira Brummett. Boston: Brill, 2009. (pp. 205–239)


To register your interest and for access to scans of the readings, please contact the conveners.


Oxford Pilgrimage Studies Network

Contact: Sylvia Alvares-Correa
Helena Guzik

Audience: Oxford only