An Audio Story of a Pilgrimage to St Wilfrid’s Shrine
Listen to this short fictionalised account of a medieval pilgrimage to Ripon, undertaken by a young woman called Mary. This story has been created by Digital Volunteer Helen Rees.
November 30, 2023
Pilgrimage, the act of travelling to a religious site, was a common religious act in the middle ages. It often involved visiting the shrine of a saint where some of their remains might be held. This short, fictionalised, account of a pilgrimage to St Wilfrid’s shrine in Ripon will explore what happened on a pilgrimage, and encourage you to consider what emotions medieval people may have felt. In it, you will follow Mary, a young woman, as she travels to Ripon and into the crypt of St Wilfrid. Pilgrimage is still a very important part of religious life for many today, and a way for people to immerse themselves in their faith. Ripon Cathedral is still a site of pilgrimage; as you listen, consider if and how pilgrimage might help you strengthen your own personal faith, and how your emotions would play into this.
All the sounds in this audio were accessed from Freesound.org, and accessed under a Creative Commons 4.0 license or a Creative Commons 1.0 license. All credit goes to the Freesound.org users Timbre, echobones, platypusva, arnaud-coutancier, newlocknew, matrixxx, straget, klankbeeld, reinsamba, aquillx, leonelmail, thatkellytrna, quadraslayer, joano_janz, innov8ting, giovanniprovenzale, inchadney, psykophobia, halfofthesky, fredericfont. Script written, recorded and edited by Helen Rees.