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Different Journeys: 'Pilgrim Paths' by James Harpur

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Different Journeys: 'Pilgrim Paths' by James Harpur

7:30pm Medical Society Rooms, 23 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW
Speakers: James Harpur

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Ticket: £3.00

James Harpur will talk about the rise, fall and decline of pilgrimage in the West, tracing its beginnings from earliest times to the present. Sterne himself mentions the Camino pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in his Sentimental Journey, and this famous trek was one of a number of pilgrim routes that developed during medieval times. Often fuelled by famous relics and glittering shrines, pilgrimages were a common part of daily Christian life until the Reformation, when a new era of puritanism and, later, scepticism, curtailed their popularity. James will also consider the idea of inner pilgrimage, which developed during the Middle Ages, and also the revival of the pilgrimage tradition in modern times.

James Harpur is an award-winning poet with six collections published. His latest book, The White Silhouette (Carcanet), explores the numinous in a snowy pilgrimage from West Cork to Dorset, Russian icons, the Perseids meteor shower and the medieval Celtic art of the Book of Kells. His other books include The Gospel of Joseph of Arimathea (Wild Goose) and The Pilgrim Journey (Lion), a history of pilgrimage in the West.

Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Places limited. 

Photo credit: John Minihan