Time to Eat the Dogs

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Episode 27: The Medieval Pilgrimage


A pilgrim badge portraying Our Lady of Tombelaine, early 1400s

Fran Altvater talks about the Medieval Pilgrimage, a practice that became central to Christian Europe in the early Middle Ages and evolved into the military pilgrimages of the Crusades in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. Altvater is a professor of art history at the University of Hartford. Her book, Sacramental Theology and the Decoration of Baptismal Fonts, was published recently by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Fran Altvater

Here are some of Altvater’s other writings as well as a good overview of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages by Jean Sorabella:

Calendar Images and Romanesque Baptismal Fonts

Saintly Bodies, Mortal Bodies: Hagiographic Decoration on English Twelfth Century Baptismal Fonts 

Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe (Sorabella)

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