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The road across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest was one of the three major Christian pilgrimage routes during the Middle Ages; tooday, the system of trails and roads that made up the old pilgrimage route is the most popular long-distance trail in Europe, passing through the Pyrenees to the fields and woods of Galicia. This book elucidates the beauty and uniqueness of the scenery, art, and architecture found along the way. Available at bookstores and online.
A program of music loosely connected with St. James or with stops along the road to Santiago (the Rhône region, Languedoc and Gascony, Aragon and Castile, and finally the gates of Santiago). Sample some of the sounds here.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library BX2321.S3 M8313 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Looking to undo the myth of the medieval cloistered woman, this book looks at documentary evidence to reconsider the role of women in the medieval pilgrimage, including the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Call Number: University Museum Library DP402.S23 C36 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The author of this book considers two questions: "How did transient, mobile groups perceive and experience the diverse terrain of the pilgrim route in northern Spain? And how may their ephemeral presence be traced in the archaeological record?" Quotation from the Publisher.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library BT685.5 .C64413 2014
Publication Date: 2014
The "Chronicle of Pseudo-Turpin" is one of the fundamental texts in the literary legend surrounding Charlemagne, Roland, Compostela and St. James. This Chronicle comprises Book IV of the "Liber Sancti Jacobi" (Codex Calixtinus), a twelfth-century manuscript from the archives of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the burial place and shrine of St. James.
El Camino De Santago: The Way of St. James
Camino de Santiago 2011 - Day One - St Jean Pied de Port - Somewhere out there is where I came from, somewhere beyond where I'm headed to., by Darran
El Camino de Sanitago, or The Way of St. James, is a series of paths across Spain that span hundreds of miles in length which serve as a pilgrimage to the believed burial site of the apostle St. James. The most popular trail, for example, is El Camino Frances (The French Way) which is a distance of about 500 miles. Eight trails are available for travelers to cross, and those who complete 100km of either path are certified for their completion.
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This film follows the journey of six individuals from various backgrounds, all of whom begin their adventure through El Camino de Santiago to mimic the trail walked by thousands of pilgrims before them. While the path asks much of its visitors--challeinging the body's physical and mental toughness in unimaginable ways--those who venture through the Camino soon discover an unparalleled triumph of the self, and the soul.
«The Codex Calixtinus» / Photograph by Álvaro Ballesteros
Guardian article covering the trial over the theft of the Cdex Calixtinus. January 19, 2015
Details from a facsimile at the Frank Cooper Music Facsimile Collection
A video that provides a close up of a facsimile of the manuscript, that served as a guide for pilgrims along the Camino Santiago de Compostela. Linked to from Youtube (advertisement for the facsimile).
A Contrarian's Perspective on the Pilgrimage
Bert Archer's A Skeptic's Pilgrimage in Spain. In this illustrated essay, Archer takes a less traveled road to Santiago. He walks the Via de la Plata to avoid the crowds of tourists.
The tiny streets of the mostly undeveloped town of Baños de Montemayor. Photo: Bert Archer
This book presents the day-by-day account of a modern American pilgrim's solitary walk from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, by way of the Pyrenees and through northern Spain, to Santiago de Compostela.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PT2666.R392 B5713 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Freund records the walk he and his wife took from Le Puy, France to Santiago de Compostela following the pilgrimage route. He describes both the natural beauty along the way as well as the physical challenge of the walk.
With no knowledge of Spanish or Donkeys, Tim Moore, begins his pilgrimage to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela with Shinto his donkey companion. He takes the Codex Calixtinus, a twelfth-century handbook to the route, and a donkey manual of sorts from Robert Louis Stevenson as he attempts the five-hundred-mile route from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Moore recounts the people, weather, and landscape that he and Shinto encounter together.