Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Clare

The next shrine on the Pilgrimage route is also in southern central Suffolk at Clare. Clare is an attractive and historic town with a name to conjure with for a historian with its links to the Clare family and as the root of the title of the various Dukes of Clarence.

The shrine was in the medieval Augustinian friary and since 1953 devotion to Our Lady has  been revived there in what survives of the monastic buildings as can be read at Our Lady of Clare

Our Lady of Clare Pray for us

Monday, 16 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Sudbury

The Pilgrimage stays in Suffolk today with another parochial shrine, that at the market town of Sudbury.

My account of this shrine can be read at Our Lady of Sudbury

Our Lady of Sudbury Pray for us

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Woolpit

The shrine today on the Pilgrimage is that at Woolpit near Bury St Edmunds. This is another example of a local place of devotion attached to a parish church that on occasion attracted interest from further afield.

I posted about it in Our Lady of Woolpit

Our Lady of Woolpit Pray for us

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Ely

The Pilgrimage route now turns westwards to Ely Cathedral and to a devotion that pre-dates the establishment of a bishop’s throne in the great Benedictine abbey on its island in the Fens in 1109. 

The story of the votive image at Ely and of both devotion to her there and of the destruction of it can be read at Our Lady of Ely

Our Lady of Ely Pray for us

Friday, 13 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Thetford

The development of the devotion to Our Lady of Thetford in the important Cluniac priory on the edge of the town is better documented than that of many other similar shrines. In my original post from 2020 I speculated thst the enlarged Lady Chapel on the north side of the choir of the monastic church May have been the chosen burial place of several late medieval Dukes of Norfolk from both the Mowbray and Howard families.

The account of the shrine from last year, with the link to the more detailed post from 2020, can be viewed at Our Lady of Thetford

Our Lady of Thetford Pray for us

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Grace of Ipswich

The shrine of Our Lady at Ipswich was one of the most celebrated shrines of later medieval England and I recount the story of that, of the apparent, indeed remarkable, survival of the statue itself at Nettuno in Italy, where it can still be venerated alongside the cult of St Maria Goretti, and the revival of a shrine in Ipswich in my account from last year which can be read at Our Lady of Grace of Ipswich

Our Lady of Grace of Ipswich Pray for us

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Coventry

For whatever reason the route of the Pilgrimage now lurches to the the Midlands before returning to East Anglia after its visit to the medieval cathedral of St Mary in Coventry. My artivle about thr history of the devotion and its modern restoration can be read at Our Lady of Coventry

Our Lady of Coventry Pray for us 

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Grace of Cambridge

The statue in the medieval Dominican friary in Cambridge and its place in the life of both the University and of the local community is introduced in Our Lady of Grace in Cambridge

Our Lady of Grace of Cambridge Pray for us