Pilgrimage with Sir Thomas Markenfield – by Dr Cristina Figueredo
It has long been known that Sir Thomas Markenfield (Thomas V) made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 1560s, including a visit to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. We know this as a long list of places that he visited still exists.
At the end of his Pilgrimage Sir Thomas was admitted to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre on 14 June 1566. His citation sets out his credentials:
“Lately to the most sacred Holy Land there came on pilgrimage with sincere devotion the Noble and Gentle Thomas Markynfeld of the English Nation and born of noble blood Lord of M[arkenfield]”
The warrant was sealed with with the seal of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. To become a member of the Order was considered by Roman Catholics to be an honor worth more than any knighthood conferred by their own Sovereign.
Pilgrimages to the Holy Land were a common, if hazardous, practice in mediaeval times. Numerous detailed commentaries have survived as evidence of this early Christian devotion. In this talk, Cristina Figueredo will discuss the history of the Crusades as well as Sir Thomas’s motivation, route and experiences along the way.
Cristina Figueredo is a tutor at the University of York. She originally graduated in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earned her MA and PhD from the University of York. She has taught literature at the Universities of Buenos Aires, Leeds and York; and now specialises in literature, history, and art history.