Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Edited by: Larissa J. Taylor et al.

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage is an interdisciplinary reference work, giving wide coverage of the role of travel in medieval religious life. Dealing with the period 300-1500 A.D., it offers both basic data on as broad a range of European pilgrimage as possible and clearly written, self-contained introductions to the general questions of pilgrimage research.

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Author(s): Christina M. Carlson
Unlike its rival cathedral town of Canterbury, with the shrine of the murdered Thomas Becket, or its northern neighbor Durham, home to the relics of the Anglo-Saxon St Cuthbert, York never attained the status of a major national pilgrimage site. However, the cult of St William of York, the city’s only native saint, maintained a steady local popularity. Like his contemporary Becket, William was thought to have been killed in his own cathedral in a most blasphemous manner, the poisoning of his com…