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England, Scotland, Wales: The Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes in Britain (Spiritual Traveler) Paperback – November 1, 2004

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This thoughtful first installment in the Spiritual Traveler series will be deeply appreciated by both pilgrims and armchair travelers. While other books have toured British monasteries and churches, the Palmers go one step further by exploring the entire sacred landscape: separate chapters analyze holy wells, sacred cities and plant and animal life. The authors speak eloquently about the history of "sacred planning" in England's towns, giving examples of sites whose very layout forms an expression of Christian geomancy. The bulk of the book is given over to detailed descriptions of cathedrals, pilgrim roads, henges, druids' circles, shrines, monasteries, ruins, graveyards and martyrdom sites. The book closes with a "Multi-Faith Pilgrimage," which includes a Theravada Buddhist vihara, a Sikh Gurdwara, a Sephardic Jewish synagogue, a Muslim graveyard and other holy places. A useful glossary offers suggestions for lodgings in British retreat centers, abbeys and monasteries. Throughout the book, the authors express strong opinions, such as condemning the soulless "arrogance of recent town planning" or the cruelty that has so often been perpetuated in the name of religion. Such editorializing is unusual in a travel guide, but is not out of place here, since the guide seeks not only to introduce sacred sites but to cultivate a sacred way of seeing. (Dec.) Forecast: This is the first series to cater to the growing niche market for spiritual travel books. Its two-color design is as attractive as many other guidebooks in the travel section, with sophisticated illustrations and photographs. Expect this series to build into a full-fledged brand, with future installments planned for various regions of the U.S.
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"A truly wonderful and important book.” -- Daily Mail, London
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Product Details

  • Series: Spiritual Traveler
  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: HiddenSpring (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587680025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer, broadcaster, religious historian, environmentalist (head of a charity linking religions and conservations - www.arcworld.org) and translator of Chinese classics.

I was born in Bristol, England, a city where my family has lived for more than 500 years. My surname, Palmer, suggests that sometime before the Reformation my ancestors were professional pilgrims. They were called Palmers because they brought back palm leaves from the Holy Land to show their clients (who had hired them in order to gain some merit in heaven without actually having to make an exhausting journey themselves) they had done the trip.

I was brought up on a huge housing estate (what Americans call "public housing") on the outskirts of Bristol, where my father was a vicar. I spent every weekend walking the ancient city of Bristol or exploring the churches and pre-historic sites of North Somerset within cycling distance of my house. From this and from a magic godmother who lived on the Quantock Hills in Somerset I developed a love and passion for the history, places, landscape and stories of Britain.

My first job was as an advisor on religious education in schools in Manchester and as part of that I founded, in Salford, the world's first multi-faith education centre. We took around 12,000 children out every year to explore the landscape of inner city Manchester through the eyes of the different faith communities and how they had adapted the landscape to fit with their beliefs and traditions.

In 1983 WWF-UK asked me to write the first book for schools on how different beliefs shape the way you treat the natural world. "Worlds of Difference" became the best selling RE book ever and went into 12 languages. It launched the whole movement of taking seriously the role of faith in the protection of our planet and its nature. In 1986 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who was then International President of WWF, asked me to organise the first ever meeting between major faiths and the main conservation movements in Assisi, Italy. In 1995, I launched, with Prince Philip, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) which now works with every major religious tradition world wide developing environmental programmes based upon the tradition's own teachings, schools, landholding, investments, festivals etc.

I am an Anglican but not perhaps an orthodox one as my faith has been deeply influenced by both Daoism and Judaism. I speak regularly around the world on a range of topics from the role of stories to the role of faith in conservation. I am an advisor to the Club of Rome and have worked with UNESCO, UNDP, the World Bank as well as with many faith bodies such as the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan) the China Taoist Association, the Mongolian Buddhist Sangha and the World Council of Churches.

I am married to writer and journalist Victoria Finlay and together we have written one of the most influential books on religion and conservation: Faith in Conservation, published by the World Bank. We live in North Somerset.

(PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLINT RANDALL)

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This book covers all types of sacred sites. From stone circles like Stonehenge, to Cathedrals and the legends surrounding Glastonbury. Gives great historical background. I gave this book 4 stars because I would have liked to have seen more photos. Otherwise a wonderful book for people planning to travel to Britain or those who want to learn more about it's sacred sites.
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If you are interested in medieval religious sites and traditions in the British Isles, check out The Spiritual Traveler. This fascinating book covers it all, beginning with the spiritual history of the land, from prehistoric times, progressing to the landscape and its features, such as holy wells and pilgrim routes, and finally giving detailed itineraries with highlights and lesser known points of interest. More than a simple guidebook, it can take you to stone circles and megalithic tombs, abbey ruins, medieval synagogues, majestic cathedrals, and dozens of places in between. It also provides explanations of different customs, myths, and traditions. Illustrated with line drawings and photographs, perusing this compact volume will make you want to book your flight and pack your bags. Don't forget your camera!
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This is more than a simple traveler's guide book. It provides the detailed history, significance and practices surrounding the sacred sites of Britain, including many lesser-known sites. The book gives the reader a foundation necessary for truly understanding and experiencing the sacred sites. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to visit Britain's sacred sites and come away with more than a snap-shot view.
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Awesome book!!! Detailed write-ups and recommendations. The information given in this guidebook is a concentration of the best aspects of dozens (hundreds?) of sacred sites in England, Scotland, and Wales. Covers pre-Christian, Christian, Jewish, and even some Buddhist sacred sites. When discussing early Christian/ pagan locations, the author is careful to differentiate between "speculated" vs. "archeologically/ historically proven" aspects of a given place. While coverage seem(s) slightly (and I do mean SLIGHTLY) more representative of the Christian sites, there is no bias or air of superiority to "Christianity." I was reading the guide for info on pagan sites and LOVE it.

Wish the guide had more pictures, but it has as many as the average guidebook. I love the ongoing pilgrimage map at the beginning of each chapter.
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This book covers things of interest that a "spiritual" traveler might want to see, but it's very generic. By "spiritual" it means Christian, pagan, and whatever. That is what makes this not very useful to me. It's so general as to be almost useless. If you are looking for information on specific spots, this might provide a good jumping off point. But you would almost certainly consult a secondary source to get in depth information. I bought this for an upcoming trip to England with an interest in sacred travel, but I won't be taking it with me.
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The book is phenomenal and I cannot wait to put it to good use on my next trip. It covers all sacred sites from the mound graves to Chinese temples. This book is written with a great deal of historical research and care, I love that Palmer does this without rendering the book unreadable. The b&b's, hostels, and other accommodations while cost-conscious are lovely and inviting. Again, I am totally in love with this travel guide.
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