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Bringing Pilgrimage Home: The Production, Iconography, and Domestic Use of Late-Medieval Devotional Objects by Ordinary People

Art History Department, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022, USA
Religions 2019, 10(6), 392; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10060392
Received: 25 April 2019 / Revised: 5 June 2019 / Accepted: 6 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Domestic Devotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
Tracing the devotional beliefs and practices of everyday people during the late Middle Ages through documents is tricky, as most were written with other purposes in mind. To make up for this, it is necessary to examine the abundant material culture that survives from this period. By analyzing a variety of finds and comparing them with well-known objects used by the upper classes, it becomes evident that ordinary people shared the same religious views and practices. Both classes were interested in pieces that inspired active devotional and amuletic practice. They were intended to be gazed at and handled, then rested on a tabletop or nailed to a wall. Some folded, some rang, some could be blown through, while others were gazed upon. Lower quality materials and production of pieces had no impact on their ultimate use in the home. View Full-Text
Keywords: devotional; amuletic; pilgrimage; private devotion; reliquaries; mirrors; bells devotional; amuletic; pilgrimage; private devotion; reliquaries; mirrors; bells
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Blick, S. Bringing Pilgrimage Home: The Production, Iconography, and Domestic Use of Late-Medieval Devotional Objects by Ordinary People. Religions 2019, 10, 392. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10060392

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