Wednesday Writing Hook
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Writing Hook | Medieval Pilgrim souvenirs

Writing Hook | Medieval Pilgrim souvenirs

The Writing Hook

A dead goblin is found pinned up to a monument in the Town’s centre square following a dark, moonless night. He has this object around his neck, and is dressed in religious robes. Any religious characters, or locals, would know that it is a pilgrim’s souvenir from a far-off sight of pilgrimage.

The Historical Facts

Pilgrim’s souvenirs were introduced in an attempt to prevent pilgrims from chipping off pieces of monuments to take home. They were cast in bronze, and were inexpensive momentoes of pilgramages and visits to important sacred sites.

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About Janet Forbes

Janet Forbes is a London-based professional musician, a classical soprano and recorder player performing everything from medieval polyphony to contemporary opera. You can find out about her “real job” at on her website. Janet is also a keen historian, archaeologist, writer, role playing games player, and the Mother-of-Kittens.

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