We are delighted that Dr Andrew Breeze will gives us a 40 minute Zoom lecture on this subject, drawing upon Kathryn Hurlock's up-to-date book on the whole subject, "Medieval Welsh Pilgrimage" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). This publication presents varied material, so that information on Spain jostles with poems and other records on the cults of David at St Davids, the Virgin Mary at Penrhys (in the Rhondda Valley), St Winifred at Holywell, or the thousands of saints buried on Enlli or Bardsey, an island (off the coast of Gwynedd) reached across dangerous tidal races.

 

It also brings information from the sixteenth century, when such places attracted unwelcome attention from the authorities in London, who gave orders for their slighting or destruction. Pilgrimage was by then a political matter, liable to official persecution.

 

The Zoom lecture, a fundraising event for the Confraternity of St James (the key organisation in the UK providing a community for Santiago de Compostela pilgrims) will be followed by a 40 minute Question and Answer session.

 dr andrew breeze in the sun with folded arms

If you'd like to take part please click on the following link which will show how you can register. The event is limited to a maximum of 100 people.


Dr Andrew Breeze (b. 1954), FSA; FRHistS, has taught since 1987 at the University of Navarre, Pamplona. Married with six children, he is the author of numerous publications on Celtic Studies. His latest book is "British Battles 493-937" (Anthem Press, 2020), which identifies the legendary King Arthur as a historical North British warrior, killed near Carlisle in 537. His "England's Earliest Woman Writer and Other Studies on Dark Age Christianity" is due for publication by Cambridge Scholars in 2021.  

The talk will take place at 19:30 on Friday 2nd October.

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