Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages

Overview

What motivated thousands to take to the harsh road of pilgrimage every year throughout the Middle Ages? This course will trace the history of Christian pilgrimage, from its origins in the fourth century to its virtual demise in the sixteenth.

Among topics to be examined will be the nature of relics and sanctity, the major pilgrimage centres of Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela, the geography, landscape, archaeology and architecture of shrines. The politics and economics of pilgrimage will also be discussed along with the reasons why pilgrimage turned into crusade, and how medieval pilgrimage came to an abrupt end, at least in Northern Europe. There will be a field trip to Winchester. 

Programme details

Seminars meet each weekday morning, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study, or exploring the many places of interest in and around the city.

Please note that OUDCE reserves the right to alter course content and/or cancel field trips in accordance with government guidance.

Monday
The origins and early development of Christian Pilgrimage
Relics and Reliquaries

Tuesday
Great centres of Pilgrimage, Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela

Wednesday
Local shrines, the economics and politics of Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage into Crusade

Thursday
Excursion to Winchester Cathedral, Hospital of St. Cross, Dorchester on Thames

Friday
Centres of Pilgrimage in Britain
Dissolution and Reformation, the decline of Pilgrimage in Protestant Europe

Field trip
Destination: Winchester Cathedral, Hospital of St. Cross and Dorchester on Thames
Websites: www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk and https://hospitalofstcross.co.uk
Excursion Rating: Moderate - up to two hours' walk on even ground or up to an hour's walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.

Fees

Description Costs
Fee option 1 (single en suite accom and meals) £1640.00
Fee option 2 (single standard accom and meals) £1455.00
Fee option 3 (twin en suite accom and meals) £1547.50
Fee option 4 (double en suite accom and meals) £1547.50
Fee option 5 (twin set standard accom and meals) £1455.00
Fee option 6 (no accom; incl lunch and dinner) £1145.00

Payment

All fees are charged on a per week, per person basis.

Please be aware that all payments (and refunds) are subject to exchange rates at the time of processing.

Payment terms

  • If enrolling online: full payment by credit/debit card at the time of booking
  • If submitting an application form: full payment online by credit/debit card or via bank transfer within 30 days of invoice date

Cancellations and refunds

Participants who wish to cancel must inform the Programme Administrator in writing: by email to oxfordexperience@conted.ox.ac.uk or by post to The Oxford Experience, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK.

The following cancellation and refund policy applies in all cases:

  • Cancellation within 14 days of online enrolment / payment of fees – full refund of all fees paid

  • Cancellations received up to and including 30 April 2021 – OUDCE will retain an administration fee of £100 per week booked; all other fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received between 1-31 May 2021 – OUDCE will retain 60% of the fees paid; the remaining 40% of fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received on and after 1 June 2021 - no refunds will be made.

Important note: You need to take out travel insurance to cover the programme fee and travel costs.

Tutor

Mr Trevor Rowley

Trevor Rowley is a landscape historian and author of many works. He was formerly Director of Archaeology and Public Programmes at OUDCE and is an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.

Teaching methods

Participants will be taught in seminar groups of up to 12 people. Elements of this teaching will normally include mini lectures and presentations by tutors and tutor-led class discussions.

Assessment methods

There are no assessments for this course.

Application

Registratioin closes on 1 May 2021.

Please note: most courses fill up fast so early registration is strongly recommended.

Single accommodation and non-residential places may be booked online by clicking on the “Book now” button in the “Course details” box at the top right-hand side of the course page.

If you experience any difficulties enrolling online please contact the Programme Administrator at oxfordexperience@conted.ox.ac.uk

Those requiring twin or double accommodation should complete an application form as these rooms cannot be booked online. Completed forms should be sent:

Accommodation

During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century.

Participants should note that bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.

The following types of accommodation are available:

  • Single en suite

  • Single standard

  • Twin en suite

  • Double en suite

  • Standard ‘twin set’

En suite rooms include private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Standard rooms have their own washbasin and shaver point but bathroom facilities are shared. ‘Twin sets’ comprise two single rooms opening off a sitting room.

Please note that only single accommodation may be booked online; those requiring twin or double accommodation should complete an application form. (See “Application”.)

Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form), together with a note of any mobility problems.

We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.

We also offer places on a non-residential basis whereby participants can take classes and have meals (lunch and dinner) at the college, having arranged their own accommodation elsewhere.