The vice, thrills and dangers that awaited those adventurers who embarked on pilgrimage.
For centuries pilgrimage was one of the greatest adventures on earth, involving epic journeys across countries around the world.
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Historian Simon Reeve retraces the exciting exploits of our ancestors and why they journeyed such distances to indicate their faith. He explores the hopes and desires that helped to keep them on the road plus the perils, and temptations, they faced along the way.
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