To offer a bibliography of 'Walsingham', even a select one, is a daunting task. Which of the many Walsinghams - the devotion, the shrines, the village, medieval, modern ...
A major bibliography is in preparation, but for the present our main priority is to get as many of the archive documents and photographs on to the website as possible. Therefore this list will not appear for some while, but the archivist is always happy to answer enquiries about books of Walsingham interest.
Other core books on differing aspects of Walsingham include:
P J Goodrich,
Walsingham, its History and its Shrine (1937)
E Whatmore, Highway to Walsingham (1973)
For anyone interested in the wider history of Walsingham the collection of papers, entitled WALSINGHAM: Pilgrimage and History (1999) (ISBN 0 9502167 6 3), is worth reading. The papers were first presented at the Centenary Historical Conference of the Roman Catholic National Shrine in March 1998. As well as papers on the medieval shrine and modern Roman Catholic developments, there are substantial articles on the history of the village. The final paper by Fr Peter Cobb on the development of modern-day pilgrimage details very succinctly the modern history of both shrines.
The transactions of a similar Historical Conference held in March 2011 have just been published. WALSINGHAM: Richeldis 950 Pilgrimage and History (2012) (ISBN 978-0-9502167-8-2) The content is similar to that described in the above paragraph, with the final paper being given by Bishop Lindsay Urwin on 'Walsingham Today and Tomorrow'.
ST AUGUSTINE'S LIBRARY
SOME OF THE BEST-KNOWN BOOKS ABOUT THE SHRINE ARE:
Nazareth, A History of the Holy Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
John Barnes, Alfred Hope Patten (1983); originally published by the Church Literature Association as number 5 in their 'Oxford Prophets' series; reprinted later as a booklet
Peter Cobb, Walsingham (1990) (ISBN 1 872971 00 8)
Michael Yelton, Alfred Hope Patten and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham an illustrated biography (2006) (ISBN 9 781853 117534)
Philip North and John North, Sacred Space (2007)
Michael Yelton, Alfred Hope
Patten: his life and times in pictures (2007)
ed Dominic Janes and Gary Waller, Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (2010) (978-0-7546-6924-1)
John Rayne-Davis and Peter Rollings, Walsingham: England's National Shrine of Our Lady (2010) (ISBN 978-0854397969)
Michael Rear, Walsingham: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage (2011) (ISBN 978-0-85439-811-9)
Gary Waller, Walsingham and the English Imagination (2011) (ISBN 978-1-4094-0509-2)
Bill Flint, Edith the Fair (2015) (ISBN 978-0-85244-870-0)
[Professor] Ursula King, England's Nazareth: Pilgrimages to Walsingham during the Middle Ages and Today, was written as part (pages 527-541) of a publication by the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich to accompany a pan-European exhibition called 'Pilgrimage Knows No Frontiers' [Wallfahrt kennt keine Grenzen](1984)
Despite its having been described as "the best overview of Walsingham ever written", a copy of this paper only recently surfaced in the archives and seems little known elsewhere. For copyright reasons we cannot reproduce it on this website, but if anyone wishes to borrow our copy of the paper - we do not have the whole book - please contact the archivist.
OTHER BOOKS WITH SIGNIFICANT WALSINGHAM REFERENCES ARE:
F Anson's memoirs, A Roving Recluse (1946),
describe his time in Walsingham on pp 197-205.
Susan Signe Morrison, Women Pilgrims in Late Medieval England: Private Piety as Public Performance (2000) (ISBN 0-415-22180-3). Chapter 1 deals exclusively with Walsingham.
Chapter 7 of Francis Penhale's Catholics in Crisis
(1986) is entirely about Walsingham; notes and references are on pp
Eric Kemp's published memoirs - Shy but not Retiring (2006)
- contain references to Walsingham, although sadly the book has no index.
See pp 246-247.
Places and Things (2006) (ISBN 2101 6837[may be incorrect]),
a souvenir book of photographs to commemorate the 75th anniversary of
the Society of Mary. Many of them have Walsingham connections.
Yelton, Outposts of the Faith (2009) (ISBN
978-1-85311-985-9), describing ten country parishes where the Anglo-Catholic
movement flourished, has references throughout to Walsingham, and to
many of its Guardians, priests and people.
James Rattue, Something Other Than We Are: an informal history of Catholic ideals in the Church of England (2009) ( ISBN 095446334x - the number printed on the back of the book is incorrect) A succinct reading of the changing fortunes of the Catholic position in the Church of England from Henry VIII to the present day, thus including many mentions of Walsingham and of priests and people connected with it.
Philip Corbett and William Davage, Defend and Maintain (2009) (ISBN 978-0-85191-328-5). A history of the Church Union, 1859-2009: passing references to people connected with Walsingham, and many mentions of Lord Halifax, a founding Guardian and the Union's sometime President.
John Gunstone, Lift High the Cross (2010) ( ISBN 978-1-85311-817-3) This history of the Anglo-Catholic Congresses between the wars includes references to priests and laymen later closely connected with Walsingham, although the index does not include all their names.
A T John Salter, The Anglican Papalist: A Personal Portrait of Henry Joy Fynes-Clinton (2012) (ISBN 978-0-9560565-2-8) This biography of one of the greatest benefactors of the Shrine describes his part, with Fr Patten and Sir William Milner, in restoring it, and mentions many Guardians. It is the first detailed account of the strong Orthodox links with the Shrine in its early days.