- Pilgrims and Pilgrimage: Journey, Spirituality and Daily Life through the Centuries
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The CD-ROM may be accessed in two different ways: "Full Interactive Contents," which means the user takes full advantage of the hyperlinks to jump from section to section, guided by what they might find intriguing or thematic, and "Full Expanded Contents," which gives users the opportunity to have a more "book-like" linear experience of going through each section in a more deliberate and traditional fashion. There are five main sections: Introduction, Pilgrimage in Early Christian Spirituality, Patterns of Pilgrimage in England c. 600-c.110, Patterns of Christian Spirituality in England c.1100-c.1500, and An Ongoing Legacy. Two different navigation bars, one at the top and one at the bottom, allow users to move freely about the five different sections; ironically, users may always go "home" and start over whenever they feel the need (Fig. 2). The software is extremely user-friendly, and it is never difficult to find any particular subject as it pertains to pilgrimage.
The image gallery is of particular interest to both students and professors; the editors have amassed an extensive variety of photographs, illuminations, paintings, sketches and illustrations that cover the extensive history of pilgrimage, including the road to Santiago and pilgrimage in other cultures. Drawn from sources as diverse as the Bodleian Library, the British Library and Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., the images are a strong reminder of the ubiquitous nature of pilgrimage and how it permeates popular culture, crossing borders and creating a constant presence in almost all faith traditions from Christian, Jewish or Muslim to Buddhist, Japanese or Hindu. Special attention has been paid to adding "zoom-able" images of some manuscripts so that...