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Recent content by Terry Callery

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    Ideal way to get to Oviedo - Camino Primitivo.

    From Madrid's Chamartin's train station there are high speed (220 km/hr!) electric trains that go to Oviedo via Leon. It takes 5 hours and there are 3 trains each day. (used to be 5 times a day before Covid when I went) Assigned seats and very clean, on time and pleasurable. Get schedule at...
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    When they finish the restoration of this cathedral, it will look amazing!

    I had no idea about the massive renovation, so when I arrived in Santiago after walking from Lisbon (2018) on the Portuguese Route I was very disappointed to see all the blue construction tarps and staging obscuring the facade of the great cathedral.
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    COVID When will we go back to normal?

    Very poetically written - I might have to steal the phrase "from the edge of strange into the heart of home" And yes it could be worse. Estimates are that small pox pandemic had a 95% death rate on the indigenous populations of North America following the incursions of De Soto, Pizarro and...
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    Camino Statues - Still Searching

    I saw this statue in Padron on the Portuguese Route.
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    This is a statue of Alfonso II that I took photo of outside Oviedo's Cathedral - "The First Pilgrim" making the journey from Oviedo (Route Primitivo) through Lugo to the Roman cemetery that would eventually become the city of Santiago de Compostela. King of Asturias. Alfonso the Chaste.
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    I have one Character who is not a Christian, who is King Alfonso's "foreign minister" and who is my skeptic about Saint James not being buried in the Roman cemetery. From the very beginning of the novel I drop hints and suggestions about how things "don't add up", have been invented about the...
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    Your suggestion would require that the events of my novel take place in the Carolingian Empire perhaps at Aachen. My narrative starts in Oviedo and ends at the Roman cemetery in what would become Santiago de Compostela. The entire novel is set in Asturias and Galicia. A priest who had gone to...
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    Which is what I realized with the aid of folks who posted helpful comments. It looks like I will have to rewrite the beginning to Chapter 23, since it is now clear to me that I was falling into the trap of an anachronism. Thank you Oursonpolaire and Felipe for your insights which made me...
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    “Emperor Charlemagne was one of the tallest men I have ever seen. He was not a robust man, but lean and strong and when I first met him presiding over his court at Aachen, he was wearing an otter coat covered by a cobalt blue cloak. He always seemed to carry a sword with a decorated silver hilt...
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    Actually the fact that there is almost nothing recorded about Alfonso II or about his First Pilgrimage from Oviedo to the Roman cemetery has allowed me a great deal of literary license to re-create the events. Charlemagne died in 814, the same year as the discovery of Saint James, and because...
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    It looks like I will have to rewrite the beginning to Chapter 23, since it is now clear to me that I was falling into the trap of an anachronism. Thank you Oursonpolaire and Felipe for your insights which made me realize that I was searching for a "formal" canonization event which likely never...
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    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    I am busy writing a historical novel set in the year 814 about the first pilgrimage of Alfonso II to the burial site of James the Apostle. When the headless body was discovered in the Roman Cemetery in the year 814, James was not yet a Saint. Two post mortem miracles are required for Sainthood...
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    Is the Camino an addiction, an obsession or something else?

    More of a Passion - Passion (Greek πάσχω "to suffer, to be acted on"[1] and Late Latin (chiefly Christian[2]) passio "passion; suffering" (from Latin pati "to suffer"; participle: passus)) is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something. Passion can range...
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    If you were to choose your Camino based on the food?

    Perhaps because I avoided the "pilgrim meals" and and crowded albergues on my second Camino, I found the food to be exponentially better on the Portuguese Camino (from Lisbon), than on my first Camino from Roncesvalles on the French Route. I went out of my way to find roast suckling pig, pulpo...

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