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Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales explores the eventful history and present day significance of shrines of the saints that can be found in many cathedrals and abbeys throughout England and Wales, and at popular pilgrimage destinations. Travel with author Michael Tavinor as he tells the story of the central place that shrines, relics and devotion to the saints held in medieval religion, and the growth of shrines as places of prayer, healing and pilgrimage. Many of these major shrines can still be visited today.
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Canterbury Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)|
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He traces the importance of shrines in the UKs spiritual life from medieval times and considers how people and church buildings were influenced by shrines in their midst. He recounts the shrines' destruction at the Reformation; asks why they provoked such a vicious reaction and what was happening during the hidden years before the tide turned in both Anglican and Catholic churches in 19th century.
As visitor numbers to cathedrals and pilgrimage centres continue to grow in strength in the twenty first century, this guide includes information on current working shrines and a reflection on the power of shrines now, from cathedrals to the 'roadside shrines prevalent today.