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Pilgrims from across Europe would brave bandits and pirates, searing heat and limb-numbing cold, thirst, hunger, and rapacious hoteliers to make it to the end of the Earth (Fisterra) to visit the tomb of Saint James. As a Christian pilgrimage destination, Santiago de Compostela was rivaled only by Rome and Jerusalem. Its popularity lasted for centuries and continues to this day. But more importantly, the surprise discovery of the body of James in remote Galicia on the Iberian peninsula had a profound effect upon the course of European history. It fueled the Christian holy war, the Reconquista, that would some day drive Islam from the Iberian peninsula.
The lectures are richly illustrated with images, and course materials include detailed lecture notes and an extensive syllabus including maps and ground plans.
The Road to Santiago
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