CASTING OUR OWN SHADOWS

Recreating the Medieval Pilgrimage

to Santiago de Compostela

 

 

By

 

 

SCOTT B. MONTGOMERY       and         ALICE A. BAUER

              University of Denver           Metropolitan State College of Denver

        (USA)

ISBN: 978-1-937030-17-9

 2012

 

 

During the summer of the year 2000, Medieval Art Historian Scott Montgomery and Early Modern Historian Alice Bauer undertook the task of retracing the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.  This book documents their thousand-mile, sixty-seven-day journey walking from Le Puy en Velay, France to the tomb of St. James at Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  It also examines the historical background and numerous historical lessons gleaned from the experience. 

As academics, Montgomery and Bauer sought to understand the daily life and experience of medieval pilgrims through their own observations, emotions, and limbs.  In exploring the temporal and geographical aspects of the pilgrimage, the authors discuss the varied motivations and experiences of pilgrims then and now, unraveling the connections between past and present in the cultures and practices of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  Terrain, art, cuisine, community, emotion and belief are all explored in their manifold inter-relationships. 

The authors also seek to situate the medieval art of the pilgrimage road within the context of the pilgrimsí experience.  While using the narrative of their movement through time and space, the authorsí purview extends well beyond a simple travel account, incorporating historical observations and reflections.  Part historical anthropology of religious practice and part travel narrative, this volume offers a dynamic blending of past and present perceptions along one of Europeís most important pilgrimage routes. 

 

 

           

Benedictine abbey of St. James, Sauvelade

 (founded 1128) (Day 28)

Camino sign and broken water gourd 

Leaving Sarria (Day 63)

Arrival at the Church of Saint Foy in Conques,

with 12th Century Tympanum (Day 10)

 

Alice and Scott with Jean and Nellie

at a Roadside Marker (Day 30)

          SCOTT B. MONTGOMERY is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Art History at the University of Denver.  He specializes in the art of the medieval cult of the saints, pilgrimage, relics, and reliquaries.  His book Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne. Relics, Reliquaries and the Visual Culture of Group Sanctity in Late Medieval Europe was published in 2009.

       ALICE A. BAUER is Affiliate Professor of History at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She specializes in Early Modern European History, particularly the sixteenth-century Ottoman occupation of Hungary.

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