The St. Thomas Way is a new heritage route from Swansea to Hereford that invites visitors to step into the rich and complex history of the medieval March of Wales. This volume brings together studies and reflections by those involved in the project, explores the St. Thomas Way as a visitor experience, and offers new insights into commemoration, "sense of place," and pilgrimage today. This book is for readers interested in medieval cults of the saints and pilgrimage traditions, especially those of St. Thomas of Hereford; medieval and modern day pilgrimage; those with a professional interest in heritage, tourism, and regional development; and scholars interested in the process of developing research into public-facing projects and in the application of digital methods and tools in heritage contexts.
Preface: Who Is this Book For?
Introduction: Re-Making Medieval Pilgrimage: The St. Thomas Way, Catherine A.M. Clarke
Section I: Contexts and Critical Explorations
Changing Roles of Pilgrimage: Retreating, Remembering, Re-enacting, Jonathan M. Wooding
In the Footsteps of the Past: Medieval Miracle Stories and the St. Thomas Way, Ian L. Bass
Place, Time, and the St. Thomas Way: An Experiment in Five Itineraries, Catherine A.M. Clarke
Archives as Commemoration / Pilgrimage as Interpretation: Hereford Cathedral, The St. Thomas Way, and Cantilupe 2020, Bethany Hamblen
Heritage Soundscapes: Contexts and Ethics of Curatorial Expression, Mariana Lopez
Section II: Other Perspectives
Reflection on The St. Thomas Way, Christopher Pullin, Canon Chancellor of Hereford Cathedral
String Theory for Beginners: The Art of Pilgrimage, Michelle Rumney
Between the Sea and the Hills: On Walking the St. Thomas Way, Anne Louise Avery