Monday, September 16, 2019

Carpe Diem #1747 Medieval Notthinghamshire pilgrimage

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are on "an act of devotion" or pilgrimage around the world. Today I have chosen to take a trip back in time ... this day I will tell you a little bit more about the pilgrimages in medieval Notthinghamshire (UK).

The records of the pilgrimage activity of pre-reformation Nottinghashire is an interesting area of discussion and themes clearly arise.

Understandably the most common destination for the medieval pilgrim or palmer was Jerusalem or Hierusalem as it is written in the medieval records. However there is evidence of a wide range of pilgrimage locations ranging from the shrine of St James of Compostella  in Northern Spain to more great English shrines such as St. William of York to more local sites such as Our Lady of Doncaster.

Our Lady Of Doncaster (UK)

It is clear that to all able bodied and sometimes less able seeking a cure, Medieval Christians, were obliged to go on pilgrimage. Sometimes, this was enshrined in law.  In 1325, Archbishop Melton’s register records that a Sir Peter de Mauley was penalised for adultery having not to fast every Friday in Lent, Ember Days and Advent for seven years on bread, water and small beer and on Good Friday and the Vigils of All Saints on bread and water only and to make pilgrimages to the shrines of St. William at York, St Thomas at Hereford and the Blessed Virgin at Southwell and St. John of Beverley and St. Wilfrid at Ripon.

without permission
sparrows enter the chapel
visiting Their Lady

© Chèvrefeuille

I wasn't aware of the existence of pilgrimages for Christians, I always thought that only Catholics went on pilgrimages, but in the medieval times it was common for Christians to go on a pilgrimage too.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 23rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... your "act of devotion" is to create Japanese poetry inspired on these medieval pilgrimages.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post, Kristjaan. I'm sorry I haven't been participating much...busier on the farm with youngest sons leaving the nest. The Catholic church was the only Christian church in medieval times...after the Reformation, a lot of things changed in Christianity (for the better, I must say).