Going Around and Connecting Dots
Landscape Monuments and Pilgrimage Tourism in Celtic Britain
Keywords:monuments, pilgrimage, saints, landscapes, liturgy
Pilgrimage tourism is a growing phenomenon in Britain. Across the last few decades it has inspired the construction of pilgrimage trails—frequently named after saints—in the region identified as “Celtic Britain”. Many of these trails link together well-documented artefacts, such as landscape monuments and church buildings, which act as waypoints or stations, along routes inspired by narrative models of pilgrimage. There is considerable interest in studying the reception of such data through their use in trails. Questions of historicity arise from claims made for the nature of early medieval Christianity. Although deconstructing these claims could seem to be mainly an academic priority, it may also contribute to diversifying the visitor experience over the longer term. The use of scholarly data in pilgrimage trails can also serve as a measure of the impact of religious history research upon economic and parochial life.
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