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Medieval Irish pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela

donalomahony

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Camino(s) past & future
"Camino Frances" 2013, "Burgos to Leon," February 2014 - "Frances" June '14
#1
I'm not sure if this link is posted in any other thread but here's a link to a new publication on Medieval Irish pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2018/medieval-irish-pilgrims-to-santiago-de-compostela/

From the publishers:

There has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. In this book the author reveals a story of a much longer connection between Ireland and the pilgrimage than previously thought. Stories of men and women who went from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages tell of Irish involvement in one of the major pilgrimages of the medieval Christian world. The long and hazardous journey by land and sea to the shrine of St James in Galicia was not undertaken lightly. This innovative book explores the varied influences on and motivations of the pilgrims, as well as the nature of medieval travel, in order to understand when, why and how pilgrims from Ireland went to Santiago in the heyday of the pilgrimage, between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. It draws on official documents, historical chronicles, literary texts, saints’ Lives and archaeological finds to uncover stories of those Anglo-Norman and Gaelic pilgrims who ventured beyond the confines of their local communities in search of salvation and perhaps a little adventure.
 

Lizanne801

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2014 - May 2017; Finisterre & Muxia May 2016; Ingles Sept 2018
#2
Shortly before my last camino, appropriately the Camino Inglés, I came across the familiar signs of a shell and a yellow arrow during a visit to Tremenheere Gardens near Penzance. St Michael's Way is the only part of the Camino de Santiago that is in England and is thought to have been used by pilgrims and missionaries who arrived from Ireland or Wales and chose to abandon their ships and walk across the peninsula from Lelant on the north Cornwall coast to Marazion on the south. Thus they avoiding the treacherous waters around Land's End and possibly found accommodation in the monastery of St Michael's Mount.
Maybe my next camino!
 

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