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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

CANCELLED: Levison Memorial Lecture: The Pilgrimage Experience: European Pilgrims and English Shrines in the Middle Ages

18th May 2020, 18:00 to 19:00, Dr Tom Nickson

The Pilgrimage Experience: European Pilgrims and English Shrines in the Middle Ages

In celebration of the anniversaries of the death and translation of Thomas Becket, this lecture will consider the experience of pilgrims to English shrines in the Middle Ages, especially pilgrims from Europe. I will focus on Canterbury, but will also consider other sites, including Durham. In particular, I will explore the significance and experience of light and darkness in medieval saints’ cults, and their management through stained glass windows, lamps, candles and other ephemera. How did the experience of saints’ shrines in England compare with those on the Continent? And how might this prompt re-evaluation of spaces that we now see artificially lit by electric lighting?

Booking details to follow shortly.