Are those of us who are locked down like those in medieval times who coud not actually go on pligrimage and were only able to imagine it?
In the always fascinating BBC Radio 4 programme, In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg (who in 1989 interviewed Paddy on The South Bank Show – short extract here) and guests discuss the rise of pilgrimage for Christians in Europe in the Middle Ages and options for those who could only imagine pilgrimages and imitate them at home.
The podcast archives go back many years, divided into categories like ‘Culture’, ‘Religion’ and ‘History’. The Margery Kempe and Thomas Becket episodes are brilliant too, both linked to pilgrimage.
Lock yourself away and give 45 minutes to fascinating discussion, where you are sure to learn a few things.
Listen to the episode here.
There are almost 900 episodes in the In Our Time archive which you can browse here.
Ever wary that material on You Tube etc may be taken down (there are too many broken links in the Video category), I’m posting this as a separate post just in case the You Tube version I published on 9 June 2019 (was it really almost one year ago?!!!!) is removed.
South Bank Show 15 minute excerpt from the 1989 show. Thank you to Freddie Gage for this.
Leigh Fermor, Southbank Show. from Freddie Gage on Vimeo.
Many of us have been searching for this for a long time. An enterprising chap called Rob MacGregor has found a copy of the part of the South Bank Show where Melvyn Bragg interviews Paddy for 15 entertaining minutes. It has been uploaded to You Tube. As we know these things can be swiftly removed due to copyright issues so if you wish to view Paddy in one of his best interviews I would advise taking time to view quickly.
Here is the direct link to You Tube.
As an alternative you might try to download the video. There are a number of programs available. This one appears to work without any requirements to register etc and is very quick and easy to use https://sconverter.com/ .
I often receive questions about Paddy’s appearance on the South Bank Show in 1989. There is a lot of material freely available these days, but this one remains elusive.
Today I put the question or challenge out to you all: how can we find a copy of this show so that we can all enjoy it (and legally!)?
It is Season 12, Episode 14, aired on the UK’s ITV network in 1989, and Melvyn Bragg was the host.
All suggestions very welcome.