THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Pilgrims from across Europe would brave bandits and pirates,
searing heat and limb-numbing cold, thirst, hunger, and rapacious
hoteliers to make it to the end of the Earth (Fisterra) to visit the tomb
of Saint James. As a Christian pilgrimage destination, Santiago de
Compostela was rivaled only by Rome and Jerusalem. Its popularity
lasted for centuries and continues to this day. But more importantly,
the surprise discovery of the body of James in remote Galicia on the
Iberian peninsula had a profound effect upon the course of
European history. It fueled the Christian holy war, the Reconquista,
that would some day drive Islam from the Iberian peninsula.
The lectures are richly illustrated with images, and course materials
include detailed lecture notes and an extensive syllabus including
maps and ground plans.
- Christianity vs Islam. The Islamic tidal wave washed over the
southern Mediterranean shores of the old Roman Empire and
swept away in its wash the Visigothic kingdom in Spain. The
tide of the army of the Prophet seemed irreversible.
- The Discovery. A brilliant star led to the discovery of the body
of James the Apostle (Santiago) in a deserted Galician field.
As the Umayyads of Spain boasted the arm of the Prophet as
their holy relic, the Christians now, too, had a talisman in their
- The Journey. As Christians regained the peninsula, pilgrims
from across Europe came to fight and pray traveling to and
from Santiago de Compostela. With pilgrims, priests, warriors,
and merchants came new artistic styles and religious ideas
that spread across Spain. We will re-trace the steps of an
actual pilgrimage from Paris to Santiago.
- The Church. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is
adorned with some of the most sublime examples of
Romanesque and Plateresque architecture and sculpture. We
will examine the church and the town in this last lecture.
213 DVD. 4 lectures on DVD $30.00.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
213 DVD: 4 lectures on DVD $30.00.