A thrilling voyage in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims: the story of pilgrimage as a universal form of devotion.
A thrilling voyage in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims: the tale of the pilgrimage as a universal form of devotion, an intense spiritual experience, a metaphor for the life of man itself. The catalogue of the exhibition held in Rome analyzes the meaning and reasons behind pilgrimage in medieval civilization, the routes, the favored destinations, the legends of pilgrim saints, and the circulation of forms of literature and art. The volume reconstructs the image of Rome across the centuries, the architectural history of St. Peter’s basilica and the birth of monasteries, churches and scholae created around the papal see. A detailed, penetrating picture for an understanding of medieval journeys to the tomb of St. Peter, which were extraordinary opportunities for contact and exchange between profoundly different cultures and peoples.