Religion, Time and Memorial Culture in Late Medieval Ripon

Ripon Minster and Parish, c 1350-1530

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Stephen Werronen
Studies in New History Series
  • Suffolk, England: 
    Boydell & Brewer Publishers
    , June
     2017.
     212 pages.
     $90.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780861933457.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Ripon Minster was St Wilfrid's church, and its vast parish at the edge of the Yorkshire dales was his domain, his memory living on among the people of his parish centuries after his death. Wilfrid was a saint for all seasons: his three feast days punctuated the cycle of the agricultural year and an annual procession sought his blessings on the growing crops each May. This procession brought together many of the parish's earthly lords - the clergy and the gentry - as they carried the relics of their celestial patron. In death they hoped that they too would be remembered, and so remain a part of parish society for as long as their tombs survived or prayers were said for them in the church of Ripon.
This book charts the developments in the practice of religion, and in particular the commemoration of the deceased, from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries in this important parish. In particular, it shows how the twin necessities of honouring the minster's patron saint and remembering the parish dead had a profound effect on the practice of religion in late medieval Ripon, shaping everything from the ritual calendar to weekly and daily religious routines. It provides, moreover, insights into the state of English religion on the eve of the Reformation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Stephen Werronen is currently a visiting researcher at the Arnamagnæan Institute, University of Copenhagen.

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