Pilgrimage in Medieval England

Pilgrimage in Medieval England
Author: Diana Webb
Language English
Pages: 344
ISBN10: 185285250X
Genre: Nonfiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
ISBN13: 9781852852504
Published: February 5th 2003 by Hambledon & London

The men and women who gathered at the Tabard Inn in Southwark in Chaucer' s Canterbury Tales are only the most famous of the tens of thousands of English pilgrims, from kings to peasants, who set off to the shrines of saints and the sites of miracles in the middle ages. As they travelled along well-established routes in the hope of a cure or a bing, to fulfil a vow or to see new places, the pilgrims left records that let us see medieval people and their concerns and beliefs from a unique and intimate angle. As well as the most famous shrines, notably that of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury, Diana Webb also describes the many local pilgrimages and cults, and their rise and fall, over the English middle ages as a whole. ' Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages, and palmeres for to seken straunge strondes.' --Chaucer