Saints, Shrines and Pilgrims

Saints, Shrines and Pilgrims

by Roger Rosewell


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In the Middle Ages, it was thought that praying at the right shrine could save you from just about anything, from madness and famine to false imprisonment and even shipwreck. Kingdoms, cities, and even individual trades had patron saints who would protect them from misfortune and bring them wealth and prosperity, and their feast days were celebrated with public holidays and pageants. With saints believed to have the ear of God, veneration of figures such as Saint Thomas Becket, Saint Cuthbert, and Saint Margaret brought tens of thousands of pilgrims from all walks of life to sites across the country.

Saints, Shrines and Pilgrims takes the reader across Britain, providing a map of the most important religious shrines that pilgrims would travel vast distances to reach, as well as descriptions and images of the shrines themselves. Featuring over one hundred stunning photographs and a index of places to visit, it explains the history of pilgrimage in Britain and the importance it played in medieval life, and describes the impact of the unbridled assault made on pilgrimage by the Reformation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747814023
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Shire Library Series
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Roger Rosewell is the News and Features Editor of Vidimus, the international online magazine about medieval stained glass. Educated at Saint Edmund Hall, Oxford University, he is the author of an award-winning study of medieval wall paintings and is a member of the Royal Photographic Society. He also writes at

Table of Contents




Christ and the Virgin Mary

Saints in Daily Life

Legends and Miracles



Glossary of Well-known Saints

Further Reading


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