Patterns of Peregrinatio in the Early Middle Ages
By 891, the year of this entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, exile or peregrinatio for the sake of God had been practiced as an extreme form of Christian devotion for centuries. There are numerous accounts of such devotional journeys in the early Middle Ages; most often they are labeled peregrinationes [pilgrimages], and those who embarked upon them, peregrini [pilgrims]. But these pilgrims did not journey to seek out relics or miracles: they left their homeland and their kin never to return.
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