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Later pilgrimages

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:58 am
by Foxe
More or less idle question:

When did the practice of making pilgrimages begin to die out in England, was it related to the Reformation?

Re: Later pilgrimages

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:15 am
by steve stanley
I guess........breaking shrines up could put a downer on it........:)

Re: Later pilgrimages

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:10 pm
by guthrie
Yes, it was discouraged with the reformation and died out after that, obviously. Eespecially since there weren't any bits of saints left to venerate.

Re: Later pilgrimages

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:42 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
It was actively surpressed in England Wales and Ireland. The revival didn't begin again until the Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century. Then Anglicans got in on the act and began making pilgrimages again. However Catholic pilgrims did continue to travel abroad to shrines between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. While some of the big medieval pilgrimage sites were starting to lose their appeal by the 1520's new sites were taking their place. Walsingham continued to be popular and was visited by Henry VIII more than once.