Written for:  Carpe Diem #1747 – Medieval Nottinghamshire Pilgrimage
Understandably the most common destination for the medieval pilgrim or palmer was Jerusalem or Hierusalem as it is written in the medieval records. However there is evidence of a wide range of pilgrimage locations ranging from the shrine of St James of Compostella in Northern Spain to more great English shrines such as St. William of York to more local sites such as Our Lady of Doncaster.
It is clear that to all able bodied and sometimes less able seeking a cure, Medieval Christians, were obliged to go on pilgrimage. Sometimes, this was enshrined in law. In 1325, Archbishop Melton’s register records that a Sir Peter de Mauley was penalised for adultery having not to fast every Friday in Lent, Ember Days and Advent for seven years on bread, water and small beer and on Good Friday and the Vigils of All Saints on bread and water only and to make pilgrimages to the shrines of St. William at York, St Thomas at Hereford and the Blessed Virgin at Southwell and St. John of Beverley and St. Wilfrid at Ripon.


Our Lady Of Doncaster (UK)

without permission
sparrows enter the chapel
visiting Their Lady

© Chèvrefeuille(our host)

Here is my attempt:

In church of blue glass
moonbeam illuminates figure
Our Lady of Doncaster

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