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Just about all of the good medieval shrines disappeared on the Reformation, but for a number of centuries they have been the outward and visual signal of the non secular advantages believed to move from proximity to the saint's physique, and a massive witness to the non secular lifetime of the center a while. They have been the point of interest of prayer and pilgrimage, but in addition a serious fiscal think about the lifetime of the church. dedicated to the cathedral shrines of the center a long time, this e-book attracts on surviving cathedral documents to explain their nature and improvement in England from round 1066 to 1540, displaying how the shrine itself - the monument enclosing the saint's physique - grew to become a growing number of difficult. the writer discusses the connections among the chapel round the shrine - often within the so much sacred and demanding sector of the church, in the back of the excessive altar - and alterations in church structure. ultimately he seems on the cathedral clergy who equipped and controlled the shrines, the pilgrims who visited them, and the fluctuating fortunes of the cathedrals which housed them.

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1423. 5 This connection is emphasized by D. Stocker in 'The Shrine of Little St Hugh', in Medieval Art and Architecture at Lincoln Cathedral (BAACT, vol. 8, 1986), pp. 11516. Page 11 can be defined as those killed by heathens for their faith. 6 However, it was not necessary to be killed by heathens in order to be granted the reputation of martyrdom. Other murder victims were also enshrined as martyrs, mostly unofficially. The pilgrim William of Perth, murdered near Rochester in 1201, was soon buried in the cathedral and canonised, but the cults of the variously slain Simon de Montfort, Edward II, Richard Scrope, Henry VI and Thomas of Lancaster were all unofficial despite being very popular.

Vol. 57 (1900), pp. N. Bailey, 'St Cuthbert's Relics: Some Neglected Evidence', in St Cuthbert, His Cult and his Community to AD 1200, eds G. Bonner, D. Rollason and C. Stancliffe (Woodbridge, 1989), pp. 23146. 2 See especially S. C. C. Boulter, Pilgrim Shrines of England (London, 1928); C. J. Hall, English Medieval Pilgrimage (Bath, 1965). 3 These authors' best general works on shrines are M. S. K. Morris (London, 1986), pp. W. Rollason's Saints and Relics in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford, 1989).

26 John de Shalby, The Book of John de Shalby, Canon of Lincoln (12991333) Concerning the Bishops of Lincoln and their Acts, trans. H. Srawley, Lincoln Minster Pamphlets, no. 2 (Lincoln, 1949), p. 28. 27 John de Shalby, The Book of John de Shalby, p. 12. 28 'The Register of Bishop Norburgh', LJRO, B/A/1/3, f. 15v; D. Owen, History of Lincolnshire, vol. v: Church and Society in Medieval Lincolnshire (Lincoln, 1971), p. 126. 29 Scholz, 'Canonization of Edward', pp. 478, 501. J. Duggan, 'The Cult of St Thomas Becket in the Thirteenth Century', in St Thomas Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford: Essays in his Honour, ed.

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