'A golden harvest of fascinating and inspiring places. As always, Peter manages to wear his scholarship lightly [and] walk the tightrope over non-believers on one side and believers on the other ... This book deserves to be read widely'
'A terrific read: I felt I had been to all these places myself'
Lady Antonia Fraser
'A fascinating study which has taken me to places I’ve known, places I’ve known of, and places of which I’ve never heard. Above all I found the central thesis of the distinction and also interdependence of factual and metaphysical truths utterly convincing'
'The book’s best passages give the reader a sense of what makes these places unique … We are reminded that people can be drawn towards pilgrim shrines for reasons which have little to do with trends in the travel industry'
'The rigour of [Stanford’s] research and analysis transcends creed … revitalising … a judgement-free narrative helps to reveal these otherwise intangible spiritual rites'
'[Stanford] couldn’t be a better qualified guide'
'There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford'
Independent on Sunday
'It’s fascinating that in an increasingly secular world, the challenge of a pilgrimage has been growing steadily'
Mary Kenny, Irish Examiner
'Pilgrimage has found itself back in vogue, even as the original purposes of these journeys have become blurred'
'A book which illuminates something of the breadth and diversity of pilgrimage across some of the major faiths'
Confraternity Pilgrims to Rome
'[Stanford's] openness is appealing … as we are treated to a geographically and sociologically eclectic and meticulous account of his chosen routes'