John Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes


Pilgrims travelled to holy places where saints’ relics were held as they believed that by touching the relics, usually bodily remains or objects related to them, they would improve their soul and potentially receive a miracle. Medieval pilgrimage is most famously explored within Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, each pilgrim telling a story on their journey to Thomas Becket’s shrine at Canterbury Cathedral. Becket was murdered on 29 December 1170.

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John Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes
c. 1457–1530, London
John Lydgate
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Royal MS 18 D II

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