chapter  III
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CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGES, A.D. 500–800

Dom Gougaud, in his work on Gaelic Pioneers of Christianity has been at pains to collect descriptions of the motives which led men to leave their native land and flock to the continent in a voluntary exile ' for the love of God', 'for the name of the Lord " 'for the name of Christ', 'pro remedio animae', 'to gain a country in heaven', and the like.s In some cases it may be difficult to distinguish such a motive from what we usually associate with a pilgrimage. Dom Gougaud, however, sees most of such travellers rather as voluntary exiles, 'for the real pilgrim betakes himself to the sanctuary which is the aim of his special devotion; then, his pious journey over, he returns to his own land and resumes his usual life.' The'distinction is perhaps sound and is certainly convenient.