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BRIDGNORTH AND THE HERMIT CAVE OF GUY OF WARWICK

BRIDGNORTH AND THE HERMIT CAVE OF GUY OF WARWICK

The cave in the rock at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, a little way along the Wolverhampton road, is associated with a very stalwart hermit in Guy of Warwick. It was in the twelfth century that an Anglo-Norman poet first gave romantic details of his story. The legend is that Guy, absent long years at the wars, returned to find himself unrecognized by his wife, any more than Ulysses was recognized by Penelope, when he returned from the siege of Troy. He sought the consolation of peace from the world's cares in this lowly dwelling, rather than thrust himself again into her lire. To-day after many centuries, this retreat of the man who sought eternal peace rather than assume his former position in society by disclosing his identity still exists.

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CHURCH AND PRIORY OF S. JOHN AT CHESTER, AND CLIFFSIDE CHAPEL OF S. GOVAN

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