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Issue No.117
22 January 2019

Taking a shine to shrines

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Michael Tavinor tells us how an ancient place of pilgrimage still resonates today


THE SHRINES OF THE SAINTS in medieval England were a vital part of the fabric of church and social life. Pilgrims thronged to them from throughout the land.

They were places of healing: in Hereford alone there were 450 attested examples of healing miracles. The shrines were places that inspired prayer. In a world of darkness and pain, the saints were your ...

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