Core books relating to the history of Medieval Walsingham

(1) Edmund Waterton, Pietas Mariana Britannica: A History of English Devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God, with a Catalogue of Shrines, Sanctuaries, Offerings, Bequests, and Other Memorials of the Piety of Our Forefathers. London 1879. Walsingham pp 155-220: click here to view. (2) J C Dickinson, The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (1956), chapters 1 to 3 ('Historical') and chapters 4 to 6 ('Archaeological'). (3) A Hope Patten, A CHRONICLE or notes on the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham and its times. Fr Patten published these notes in Our Lady's Mirror in instalments from Winter 1936 to Summer 1939. They cover the wider historical background from the foundation of the Shrine until 1471. He had intended to continue his Chronicle, but wrote no more after the outbreak of war. Click here to view. (4) Francis Blomefield, An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk (c1739) the section on Great and Little Walsingham: Volume 9, pp 267-282. This book was well known to Fr Patten, who made considerable use of it in his writings. Click here to view. (5) Henry Harrod, Gleanings among the Castles and Convents of Norfolk. 1857. Pp 155-197 relate to Walsingham. It can be obtained as a free e-book from Google Books at https://tinuyurl.com/y4794j6x (6) Michael Rear, Walsingham: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage (2011; 2nd edn 2019) a comprehensive history of Walsingham from the pre-Christian era to the present day, by an author uniquely placed to write it. The second edition has much new material.

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