Robert Thornton Pilgrimage

Friday 19th July starting at 1.30 pm sharp at Stonegrave Minster
In partnership with the Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of York, Stonegrave’s Summer Pilgrimage celebrates the rich and long-standing connection between Stonegrave Minster (whose origins date back to the 8th century) and 15th century gentleman and prolific copyist and literary compiler, Robert Thornton (born c. 1397, dead and buried in Stonegrave Minster by 1474).  We will gather together as modern pilgrims to walk in Thornton’s footsteps, from Stonegrave, his parish church, to his home in East Newton, on the banks of the Rye, to St Oswald’s in Oswaldkirk, where his good friend Sir Richard Pickering is buried.
 
Along the way, we will stop and pause to listen to short readings from some of the works in Thornton’s vast and important manuscript collections, which include one of the largest extant collections of the English writings of the medieval mystic Richard Rolle, the unique copy of that Arthurian masterpiece, the Alliterative Morte Arthure, and medieval England’s only surviving response to famous French romancer, Chrétien de Troyes’ Grail romance (a word of warning: there is no Grail!), and much, much more.
 
We will end our pilgrimage with refreshments together at St Oswald’s. People can either walk back to Stonegrave (approximately one hour) or take advantage of a shuttle service (car and/or coach) back to the starting point.Please note that the walk follows public footpaths and a short section of road (where we will walk, safely, along a wide grass verge). The path,

however, is rough or overgrown in small sections, so please wear appropriate footwear and long trousers.  Donations received will go towards the Thornton Appeal to install a new memorial to Robert Thornton in the Minster.

 
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