The Cockleshell Pilgrim: A Medieval Journey to Compostela
In 1986, the skeleton of a medieval man dressed as a pilgrim was found in Worcester Cathedral. His name was Robert Sutton the dyer, and he was once a pilgrim to Compostela. But what did he see on the way and what thoughts might have inspired him? How did his journey compare with that of modern pilgrims? Katherine Lack skilfully weaves together the handful of surviving medieval pilgrim accounts with evidence from contemporary records to recreate the journey Sutton might have made in the spring of 1423.