The Pilgrim's Road to Rome

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The Pilgrim's Road to Rome

<p>The Via Francigena was an ancient route once used by medieval pilgrims and other travellers on their way from Canterbury to Rome. Throughout the ages, merchants, armies and members of the clergy

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The Via Francigena was an ancient route once used by medieval pilgrims and other travellers on their way from Canterbury to Rome. Throughout the ages, merchants, armies and members of the clergy traveled back and forth between Northern Europe and Rome carrying goods, money and information. The route was now once again being recognized as an essential part of Europe’s history and reminders of its past were still to be found along its course. In part 1 of a 2 part series, we travel from Canterbury to the Swiss Alps, visiting sites of importance to medieval pilgrims.


SUGGESTED READING

  • John Ure, Pilgrimage: The great adventure of the Middle Ages,(Constable 2006)
  • Hilaire Belloc, The Path to Rome (Thomas Nelson 1908)
  • H.V. Morton, A Traveller in Italy (Methuen 2001)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The concept of pilgrimage as travel.
  • Explore the beginnings of the Rome pilgrimage tradition
  • Introduce the pilgrimage along the Via Francigena
  • Canterbury as a pilgrim site
  • Journey to the Swiss Alps


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a greater understanding of the requirements for their intended journey or pilgrimage to Rome.
  2. Know the importance of pilgrim’s Rome throughout history.