For those of you interested in history, and/or the concept of pilgrimage, the Abbey Shop in the Close has just the book for you. It has been written by Professor Nicholas Orme of Exeter University, whose contribution to our understanding of England’s medieval past has never (in my humble opinion) been properly acknowledged. I greatly value his The English Hospital (1995), Medieval Children (2001) and Medieval Schools (2007). Now comes Medieval Pilgrimage, which begins with a study into the whole concept of pilgrimage, and then focusses on a detailed study of pilgrimage in the West Country, including Dorset (and therefore, of course, Sherborne). It is a beautifully-produced paperback, available at the Abbey Shop at the discounted price of £13.99. I recommended it most heartily.
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