The cult of relics; the saints and their relics; the pursuit of the miraculous; the medicine of the sick; origins and ideals; the penitential pilgrimage; the great age of pilgrimage; the legacy of the Crusades; the growth of a cult; the journey; the sanctuary; Rome; the later Middle Ages I - "light-minded and inquisitive persons"; the later Middle Ages II - "base-born men"; medieval Christianity.
Pilgrimage by Jonathan Sumption brings the historical traditions of pilgrimage to life, vividly describing major Christian destinations such as Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Canterbury.
Jonathan Sumption is a former History Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a practising QC. He is the author of Pilgrimage and The Albigensian Crusade, as well as the first three volumes in his celebrated history of the Hundred Years War - Trial by Battle, Trial by Fire and Divided Houses. He was awarded the 2009 Wolfson History Prize for Divided Houses.