Medieval Spirituality and Pilgrimage

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Medieval Spirituality and Pilgrimage

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    History, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module introduces the concept and context of medieval pilgrimage and spirituality as well as its importance beyond this period. This will involve a survey of significant and localised centres of devotion, such as Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Kildare and Sceilig Mhicíl, and evidence for a hermitic way of life. Spiritual and religious themes, personal devotion, shared journeying and route ways, as well as the practicalities of accommodation, transport and physical danger will all be considered in this context. The cult of saints, like Patrick, Brigid, Colm Cille and Ciarán will be considered with particular reference to relevant hagiographical works. The legacy of these saints through the generations will also be appraised.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    24 teaching hours or equivalent including lectures, field seminars/trips and independent study.

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): A combination of academic writing/presentation assignments during the semester.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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