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'Not all those who wander are lost': Saintly Travellers and their Companions in medieval Scandinavia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (MFL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5319-6818
2019 (English)In: Travel, Pilgrimage and Social Interaction from Antiquity to the Middle Ages / [ed] Jenni Kuuliala, Jussi Rantala, London: Routledge, 2019, p. 226-247Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores perceptions of historical saintly travel and discusses whether travelling was to convey a precise ideology or to provide an interpretation of a historical situation, highlighting social and communal aspects of travel. It focuses on the groups of saints in terms of their being members of the laity or missionaries, these aspects were shown to have had a bearing only on the type of journey the saint undertook. The chapter aims to explore perceptions of travel in the past and its association with holiness by studying accounts of travel in the hagiographical texts that were composed for a selection of Danish and Swedish saints. Studying sources written for the cults of early local saints in Scandinavia can provide insights into previously neglected aspects of medieval history in the area. Several of the local Scandinavian lay saints are described as having undertaken important journeys during their lifetimes.

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London: Routledge, 2019. p. 226-247
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Studies in Medieval History and Culture
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History History of Religions
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Humanities, History; Humanities, Study of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89908DOI: 10.4324/9780429028458-12ISBN: 9780367137564 (print)ISBN: 9780429028458 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-89908DiVA, id: diva2:1367799
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2020-04-14Bibliographically approved

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