Authentic Pilgrimage

  • Kathryn Hurlock
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Chapter  three examines the elements necessary to create an ‘authentic’ pilgrimage experience. It looks at what made a pilgrimage journey and site different, and how this conformed to the expectations of pilgrims in Wales. Using methods more usually applied to the analysis of business, it looks at how authenticity was created, promoted, and understood by medieval pilgrims by looking at the way in which pilgrimage sites focussed on providing a genuine experience that made the pilgrim feel that their choice of destination was the right one, and that their decision to go on pilgrimage would achieve the desired reward.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn Hurlock
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  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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