The "Long Road to heaven", the annual pilgrimage to the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela has taken place for over a thousand years. In the great cathedral of Santiago are said to lie the bones of St. James the Great, cousin to Christ, an original disciple and later "resurrected" as the slayer of the Moors. From the Middle Ages onwards, this most evocative of Christian shrines has attracted pilgrims to the Spanish city from all over Europe and further a field. A network of routes, lined with statues and other symbols, leads to Santiago, but the most celebrated is from Paris, across the Pyrenees and through the arid uplands of northern Spain. Following in their footsteps, Edwin Mullins takes the pilgrim route, fascinated by its extraordinary historical and religious symbolism. Journeying by car and by foot, he retraces the path from the Rue St. Jacques in Paris to the baroque magnificence of Santiago's cathedral. On his way, he recounts the legends of Charlemagne, Roland and St. James himself, exploring the ideological dimension of the spiritual pilgrimage and the proliferation of religious orders around the route. He also looks at the pilgrims themselves, their motives and experiences, the millions of people "who walked the same journey - out of love, out of punishment, duty, fear, or out of simple blind faith". First published in 1974 and now reissued with a new Preface, this classic account of one of Europe's most stirring journeys provides an amalgam of history and geography, religion and archaeology, fact and legend. Illustrated with line drawings, "The Pilgrimage to Santiago" is both a narrative account of the pilgrims' route and an analysis of a remarkably enduring religious phenomenon.
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Edwin Mullins is a writer, journalist and filmmaker. The author of some twenty books, he has written widely on the visual arts and architecture.From Library Journal:
Interlink's newest series, "Lost and Found," aims to revive great works of travel writing by updating them with a new foreword while preserving the unique vision and experiences of each writer. These two inaugural titles will surely be welcomed back in both public and academic libraries. Greek-born journalist, translator, and world traveler Hearn (1850-1904), who remains best known for his Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation, has vibrantly reported his travels in French-ruled Martinique during 1887-89. Consisting of "A Midsummer Trip to the Tropics," 12 sketches of Martinique life, a folktale, several short folk music scores, and period illustrations, this poetic account provides views of much that has now disappeared. Hearn's unusual perception of light and color as well as his detailed vintage prose both render a unique and subtle portrayal of the various peoples of Martinique in the early post-slavery period. Students of medieval art and history should applaud the reissue (with new author's preface) of Mullins's 1974 classic. In this compact account, Mullins, a scholar and wordsmith par excellence, makes each "Christ in Majesty" on the tympanums of pilgrimage road churches vivid. In the early 1970s, he followed much of the Santiago pilgrimage road on foot, tracing routes of the Christian faithful, who traveled to Spain to the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela in medieval times. Detailing the sights along the four main routes passing through France from Paris, Vezelay, Le Puy, and Arles, Mullins eloquently discusses the special iconography of pilgrimage churches, the lore of relics, the art of reliquaries, and the life and journey of early pilgrims and their influence on European culture. An astute work based on well-founded sources and the author's erudition, this tome is highly recommended. Margaret W. Norton, Oak Park, IL
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