Saints, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Raymond "The Palmer" (Palmario or Palmerio) of Piacenza (d. 1200) is a good example of a medieval pilgrim saint who, after the death of his wife and five children, committed himself to an endless series of pilgrimages to various shrines, including Jerusalem. Raymond ultimately suspended his itinerant life, dedicating himself to the relief of the poor and sick in his native Piacenza. This transformation made him typical of the lay "civic saints" who dominated Italian hagiography from the late twelfth to the late thirteenth centuries.
© 2008 Kenneth Baxter Wolf
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Wolf, Kenneth B. "The life of Raymond 'the Palmer' " Medieval Texts in Translation, 2008. Web. 22 May 2009. canilup.googlepages.com.