Walking the Middle Ages on the Camino de Santiago: The History Behind The Way

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Abstract

The Camino de Santiago medieval pilgrimage route has undergone a remarkable revival during recent decades, with hundreds of thousands of people each year tramping the traditional pilgrim trails through southern France and northern Spain. They are drawn partly by scenic landscapes, cultural experiences and friendships formed during long, challenging days en route to the majestic cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. Another prime attraction is the sense of deep historical significance present on old trails that for more than a millennium have drawn millions of penitent pilgrims seeking redemption. But what inspired these difficult journeys at a time when long-distance travel was rare, and why is the Camino today regarded both as a 'high road'of Middle Ages Christendom and a progenitor of modern European consciousness? And how did the culture that spawned medieval mass pilgrimage arise in European society during the centuries after the demise of the ancient western Roman Empire? 'Walking the Middle Ages on the Camino de Santiago'answers these questions, and more, in a highly readable style accessible to anyone interested in medieval times. The book is an ideal historical primer for anyone who is planning to walk the Camino, has done so in the past or is just curious about the resurgence of this famous pilgrimage tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Type250 pages
Media of outputBook
PublisherAmazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Number of pages250
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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