Digital Humanities as a subfield is best understood as a collection of methods, and within that methodology, network analysis and visualization are important tools to conceptualize relationships and the transmission of ideas in historical communities. For medievalists with fragmentary evidence, social network analysis can reveal outlines of networks long vanished. Social network analysis enables medievalists to visualize both people and the social structures and networks they are embedded within. The case study of the social networks of sixth-century pilgrims to Jerusalem in Gregory of Tours’ Glory of the Martyrs demonstrates how the role of early medieval pilgrim was not just an identity category, but a set of relational actions embedded in social relationships. These communities of travelers were structured and shaped by shared religious experiences and shared beliefs in the importance of religious actions.
"Visualizing the Social Networks of Early Medieval Pilgrims,"
Medieval People: Vol. 36:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/medpros/vol36/iss1/11