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Pilgrimage Road to Santiago The Complete Cultural Handbook

ISBN-10: 0312254164
ISBN-13: 9780312254162
Edition: 2000 (Revised)
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Description: 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, leading pilgrims to the resting place of the Apostle St. James. Today, the system of trails and  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

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, leading pilgrims to the resting place of the Apostle St. James. Today, the system of trails and roads that made up the old pilgrimage route is the most popular long-distance trail in Europe, winding from the heights of the Pyrenees to the gently rolling fields and woods of Galicia. Hundreds of thousands of modern-day pilgrims, art lovers, historians, and adventurers retrace the road today, traveling through a stunningly varied landscape which contains some of the most extraordinary art and architecture in the western world. For any visitor, the Road to Santiago is a treasure trove of historical sites, rustic Spanish villages, churches and cathedrals, and religious art. To fully appreciate the riches of this unique route, look no further than The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, a fascinating step-by-step guide to the cultural history of the Road for pilgrims, hikers, and armchair travelers alike. Organized geographically, the book covers aspects of the terrain, places of interest, history, artistic monuments, and each town and village's historical relationship to the pilgrimage. The authors have led five student treks along the Road, studying the art, architecture, and cultural sites of the pilgrimage road from southern France to Compostela. Their lectures, based on twenty-five years of pilgrimage scholarship and fieldwork, were the starting point for this handbook.

DAVID M. GITLITZ is Professor of Languages at University of Rhode Island. His book Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews won a National Jewish Book Award. He is also co-author of "A Drizzle of Honey: The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews," which won a National Jewish Book Award as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals Prize for Scholarship. His other co-authored books include Pilgrimage from the Ganges to Graceland: An Encyclopedia and The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook.

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