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Romans, Christians and Alemanni

Cathedral of Chur. Photo: www.kath.ch

The crisis that arose in the late second and early third century  marks the beginning of the end of the ancient Roman world and the transition to the Middle Ages. This period is usually called Late Antiquity and is characterized by the merging of old and new tendencies in ideas, art, religion, government, economy and … Read more » “Romans, Christians and Alemanni”

Pilgrimage in European Perspective

The Via Francigena. Photo: www.francigena-international.org)

Pilgrimages were important aspects of life in the Middle Ages. Three major routes existed. The Way of St James from all over Europe to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome and the pilgrimage from all over Europe to Jerusalem. The latter resulted finally in the violent crusades. Many … Read more » “Pilgrimage in European Perspective”