Pilgrimages are journeys to sacred places. The aim is to grow spiritually by renewing prayer life and working hard to live as Jesus taught during the hardships of the journey.
Between 1095 and 1291 waves of armies of Christian crusaders left western Europe and travelled eastward to Jerusalem to free the holy land from the forces of Islam that they believed were opposed to the interests of the Church and Western European Society. While most Crusaders believed they were defending their faith or participated as an act of penitence and pilgrimage, there were some who had less noble reasons, such as gaining wealth and power. These Crusades were to have wide-ranging effects on Christianity, Europe and the Middle East right down to our current times.
Devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus was very important in Medieval period.
A quiz on the Middles Ages - 10D