Before our annual Alban Pilgrimage, uncover the journeys of women who went on pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.

When | Wednesday 5 June, 7.30pm - c.9pm

Where | Alban Room and Online 

Cost | £12

Speaker | Dr Anne Bailey, medieval historian 

Who were the women who went on pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, where did they go, and what did they do at their destination? This talk answers these questions by looking at a form of pilgrimage popular with medieval women: pilgrimage to local healing shrines. In particular, it focuses on St Frideswide’s shrine in Oxford where the experiences of 76 women were recorded in a late- twelfth century text, The Miracles of St Frideswide. As the talk reveals, this text not only provides us with a rare glimpse of the pilgrimage experiences of ordinary women, it also challenges many assumptions made about female behaviour and expectations in the Middle Ages.

Creative Commons Image: Ellesmere Manuscript, c.1400 - 1410

About Dr Anne Bailey

Anne is based at Oxford University where she’s a member of the History Faculty and part-time tutor at the University’s Department for Continuing Education. Since completing her doctorate in 2010 she has published widely on medieval saints’ cults, miracle stories, hagiography, and pilgrimage. She also regularly participates in modern pilgrimages, and is a particular fan of the Alban Pilgrimage in June. 

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