The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook
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The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook

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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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 21st 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 2000)
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William Edwards
This is a review of the ELECTRONIC edition.

The genius of the Gitlitz-Davidson guide is that it in no way seeks to provide practical traveler advice to places to stay or eat, not even the practicalities of how and when to visit a particular church or historical monument. Tus, even though it was published in 2000 it will still be up-to-date long after you’ve walked your last Camino. Although its primary subject is history and art/architecture, it also covers geology, flora & fauna and provides...more
James Millikan
An excellent overview of the historical, cultural, religious, and artistic elements of the Camino de Santiago. I carried this book during my month-long pilgrimage, and it was well worth the weight.

Reading this book while on the Way of St. James is like having two immensely knowledgable tour guides at your side at virtually every noteworthy location on the trail. Both authors are professors of Hispanic studies at the University of Road Island, and their encyclopedic knowledge of Medieval northern...more
This is a very detailed book on the origins, culture and architecture of the Camino. I wish I would have had my Kindle when I walked to Santiago because, although it would have added much to my experience, this book is well outside the weight of any book you would even consider taking on the Pilgrimage. My back and feet hurt just thinking about it.

This book is useless unless you are a Catholic pilgrim on the road to Santiago de Compostela. If you are, then it would be very useful.
Jul 10, 2009 Dharma marked it as to-read
SInce this is a trip I definitely want to walk before I'm very old, I picked out the definitive volume on the cultural and historical background of Spain's pilgrimage camino.
Too religious for me. Though it is thorough, and the trail is historically a pilgrimage trail... just not what I was looking for.
More of a travel handbook than a pilgrimage guide. Great info but too heavy to carry in a backpack.
Jun 07, 2009 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who plans to walk the Camino.
Excellent cultural guide to the Camino - detailed and practical.
Jean Grant
The emphasis is on art. I got lost. Forgot about beauty.
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