The Pilgrimage Roads

The Pilgrimage Roads

The pilgrimage roads as defined in the twelfth century manuscript referred to as the Book of Saint James follow four distinct routes across France. As they reach Spain they join to form a single route, known today as the Camino Francès. The four French roads travel...
The Mausoleum of Compostela

The Mausoleum of Compostela

In this revered basilica, as it is reported, in his honour rests the venerated body of the Blessed James. It is enclosed in a marble casket placed in a most precious vaulted tomb. His body is immovable. The Pilgrim’s Guide   Twelve hundred years ago on the...
The Compostelan Saints: the Saintly Remains on this Road

The Compostelan Saints: the Saintly Remains on this Road

The Compostelan saints were those listed in the Book of Saint James. The four roads to Compostela were described according to the reliquary shrines of the saints to be found on the way. Chapter eight of the Pilgrim’s Guide contained a list of twenty-three...
Vézelay and the Relics of Mary Magdalene

Vézelay and the Relics of Mary Magdalene

How the relics of blessed Mary Magdalene came to the French town of Vézelay ought to be commented on briefly Possession of the relics of Mary Magdalene enabled the abbey of Vézelay in Burgundy to become one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the whole of...