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Traveler's Key To Sacred England





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In the fourth Traveler's Key to the sacred places of the world--an endlessly delightful companion for those seeking the ancient spirit of the land--John Mitchell leads the modern pilgrim on an unforgettable journey through England's cathedrals and ruined abbeys, pagan sanctuaries and megalithic temples, shrines of saints and visionaries, holy wells, and other hallowed landmarks. Mitchell has become recognized in his native England and throughout the world as an authority on ancient science and religion, and the symbolism of sacred landscapes. And in this book he takes us to London (named for King Lud) to explore the glories of Westminster Abby, St. Paul's Cathedral, and all the tiny churches in the City of London. then on to Canterbury, Durham, Ely, and other historic cathedrals, to Glastonbury, ("the holiest ground in England"), where Jesus is said to have visited, and Arthur and his queen are buried; to shrines of St. Catherine in the south and Saxon lady saints in the Fen Country; to Stonehenge, Avebury, and other stone circles; to the holy island of Lindisfarne; and to a host of other places where peace and sanctity are almost tangible. Some of them are famous, others quiet and secluded, but all are centers of spiritual energy and renewal. With this guide, travelers can trace ancient patterns in the landscape and discover the wisdom of local legend and lore. The book is a wonderful introduction to centuries of history and tradition in "England's green and pleasant land."

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