The Pilgrim’s Way
to St. Patrick’s Purgatory

Eileen Gardiner

Midwest Book Review

Medium Aevum

Midwest Book Review (December 2010)

The faith of the Irish Christian is deeply entrenched in their homeland. The Pilgrim’s Way to St. Patrick’s Purgatory looks into the pilgrimage sites throughout both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, looking at major religious sites throughout its deeply dedicated and religious past.

With paths to be traveled by any method, be it foot or car, The Pilgrim’s Way to St. Patrick’s Purgatory is a must for anyone who wants to embrace Ireland’s deep religious heritage.

Medium Aevum 80 (2011): 367

A route for the modern pilgrim. The journey begins in Dublin and ends in Lough Derg, County Donegal. The volume offers a cultural history of pilgrimage generally, as well as a detailed study of the route to this particular site. The book describes the stages of the journey in terms of the monuments, relics, and churches encountered along the way.

Following a general introduction and taxonomy of medieval pilgrimage comparing pilgrimages to Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela, and Lough Derg (with an appendix charting elements of these pilgrimage routes), chapters survey pilgrims and pilgrims’ stories, and medieval roads and modern routes. A detailed itinerary is then given.

Travellers’ information, a bibliography, and chronology are all included. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and provides maps and plans of sites. A companion website offers up-to-date postings on the route, an interactive map, and photo galleries.

An informed and informative study for the contemporary traveller.

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