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The Pilgrims Guide to Santiago de Compostela outlines the pilgrimage in its historical context and presents the first complete English translation of the Liber Sancti Jacobi or Codex Calixtinus the famous twelfth-century guidebook that traces the route from southern France to Santiago.

"A book for the scholar & historian with extensive commentries on the world's oldest guidebook "

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THE PILGRIM'S GUIDE TO
Santiago de Compostela

Note this is not a current guide those wishing to walk the Camino in the present day should use a modern guide such as Village to Village Guide To The Camino Santiago

 

THE MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN WORLD knew three major pilgrimage sites - Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela. Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries Compostela was by far the most popular.

THE PILGRIMAGE to Compostela was a once-in-a-lifetime human adventure. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims came year after year through France and across the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela near the Atlantic shores of Galicia in far western Spain

Melczers book The Pilgrims Guide to Santiago de Compostela and commentaries and the guidebook itself provide fascinating reading on the life of early pilgrims on the road to Santiago. William Melczer was, until his death in April 1995, Professor of Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Syracuse University. For more than seven years he led the Syracuse University Travelling Seminar, 'The Medieval Pilgrimage Routes from Southern France to Santiago de Compostela: Romanesque Art in the Making."

In his book Santiago Professor Melczer discusses important aspects of the great pilgrimage, which include chapters on Relics and pilgrimages, The origin of the cult of St James and myth and historical reality in the tradition of St. James

This book also includes extensive commentaries and notes that highlight historical, geographical, art-historical, hagiographic, and general cultural matters along the route.

The book opens with a discussion of the fundamental interdependence of relics and pilgrimages and is followed by introductory chapters on the early history of St. James and the beginning of his cult in Spain.

The historical co-ordinates that tied James to the Spanish Reconquista and to the French interests along the international pilgrimage route to Santiago; on the system of these routes in France and in Spain; on the structure of the 12 Century guidebook The Liber Sancti Jacobi; on the material, administrative, and juridical culture underlying the pilgrimage; and on the iconography of Santiago.

The second part of the book deals with the English translation of the 12-Century pilgrims Guide Liber Sancti Jacobi or Codex Calixtinus and is followed by corresponding notes.

This book is so articulated that it is able to provide convenient access for a variety of readers: those mainly interested in the geography of the road shall focus on the corresponding chapters of the Guide, on the Gazetteer, as well as on some related notes.

Those chiefly interested in hagiography, the cult of relics, and reliquaries will turn to chapter of the Guide and then to the Hagiographic Register. Those interested in the description of the Cathedral of Santiago and in related art-history subjects will tum to chapter 9 of the Guide and the plentiful related notes. Finally, those interested in a variety of other subjects will be able to find their way by the index as well as through the cross-references throughout the volume.


The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela, Melczar, William 1993, 334pages (Translation with introduction, commentaries, notes including bibliography, gazetteer, hagiographic register)

This book is priced @ £18.95 Or in U.S. $31.08

Note this is not a current guide those wishing to walk the Camino in the present day should use a modern guide such as Village to Village Guide To The Camino Santiago

 


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