Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity

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Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity, ed. Dominic Janes and Gary Waller (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010). xvi + 252pp.; 1 2 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-7546-6924-1 . £5 5 .00. A multi-disciplinary collection of essays treating the cultural significance of Walsingham, the most important shrine to the Virgin in medieval England and an enduringly popular destination for pilgrims. Following an introduction by the editors, the first section addresses the theme of landscape and the sacred: Stella A. Singer on Walsingham as Norfolk's 'Newe Nazareth' in the later Middle Ages and the undermining effects of Henry VIII's politics, Michael P. Carroll on pilgrimage at Walsingham on the eve of the Reformation, Susan Signe Morrison on the making waste of Walsingham by Henry VIII and its reappearance in the English cultural imagination (particularly in Hamlet), Gary Waller considers the 'Protestantization' of Walsingham, and Simon Coleman on sites and sights in contemporary pilgrimage. …

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