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Reluctant Pilgrim Book Launch & Talk

February 23 @ 12:30 - 13:30

Medieval Pilgrimage as seen through the eyes of Margery Kempe, her fellowship and her maidservant, 1413-17 and 1433

More people travelled in the later Middle Ages than you might have expected, in part because anyone could get permission to travel if they were going on pilgrimage. At times the lanes of England would have been crowded with clergy, nobles, knights, gentry, adventurers, opportunists, women and peasants. And not only England – the routes to Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago, the three main international pilgrimage sites, would also have been busy. In this talk I’ll take you to some of these places in the company of the indefatigable Margery Kempe, by horse, cart, walking or boat; I’ll tell you what to pack, what money to take and also warn you of some of the hazards – theft, war, piracy, shipwreck, falling ill or dying en route. And one of the hazards might be your fellow pilgrims as you will discover as we set off on what was considered the most important journey of a lifetime.

ffiona von Westhoven Perigrinor (www.perigrinor.co.uk) is an independent scholar and Jungian psychoanalyst. Her first book was a study of a medieval East Anglian widow, which has recently been republished. Last year she published a novel based on Margery Kempe’s pilgrimages as seen through the eyes of her maidservant.

Copies will be available to purchase for £10.


February 23
12:30 - 13:30