The Parish in its Landscapes: Pilgrimage Processions in the Archdeaconry of Blois, 1500–1700
Drawing on account books from sixteen rural parishes in the vicinity of Blois, this article explores how pilgrimage processions helped to celebrate and define the parish as a space and community. The act of processing as a parish beyond its physical boundaries was a distinctive experience. The account books reflect only modest changes in this vibrant processional tradition over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, offering another example of how older practices continued to influence the rhythms of rural religious life during the Catholic Reformation.
Nelson, Eric. "The Parish in its Landscapes: Pilgrimage Processions in the Archdeaconry of Blois, 1500–1700." French History 24, no. 3 (2010): 318-340.