Religion and Pilgrimage

Chronicler Matthew Paris considered Saint Robert the third most important saint in Europe in the 13th century. We explore why a Trinitarian Priory was built in his name, and the museum will bring to life how the Trinitarians lived, the work they did, the buildings they inhabited.  Archival research, results of our geophysical survey, and analysis of stones from the Priory (found scattered across Knaresborough), will enable us to disclose what buildings made up the precinct and what they looked like.

Our researchers are looking at its dissolution and what happened after the priory lands were surrendered to Henry VIII in 1539.  It is hoped to bring to light illustrated medieval documents produced at, and for, the Priory which give us a glimpse of medieval perspectives.