By William J. Bonville
A Traveler's road to Heaven; provides ancient and cultural meat to the bones of the hiker s fortunately convivial El Camino event. Of much more import, the publication allows that have for the vacationer who yearns to direction El Camino de Santiago yet is bodily incapable of dealing with the pains of jogging the 8 hundred kilometers of how. For others, it turns a touristy lark among the operating of the bulls in Pamplona, and encountering St. James at grasp Mateo s Portico de los angeles Gloria, right into a sharing of the after El Camino event that the hiker cum pilgrim as a rule claims concerned about himself.
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Extra info for A Traveler's Highway to Heaven: Exploring the History & Culture of Northern Spain on El Camino de Santiago
There is none other like it. For pilgrims, best current practical information may be obtained by contacting the Asociacion de Amigos de los Caminos, Calle Carretas 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain. Also, at the very beginning of your journey, visit the Oficina de Informacion al Peregrino, at Roncesvalles, located nearby the collegiate church. You may also write to that office in advance, addressing your letter to the Oficina de Informacion al Peregrino, Real Collegiata de Roncesvalles, 31650 Roncesvalles, Navarra, Spain.
The French helped because they wanted Navarra as a buffer between France and the Moorish territories to the south. Yet as events surrounding the Carolingian thrust across the Pyrenees in 778 demonstrated, as a buffer Navarra was not necessarily either friendly or peaceable. The result was a military catastrophe inflicted upon the army of Charlemagne by the Basques high in the Pyrenees near the village known as Roncesvalles (Roncevaux). Our first day exploring Northern Spain takes us to Roncesvalles.
None was more powerful than St. James the Greater, Apostle of Christ, Champion of the Reconquista, whose remains were said by legend and Church authority to be enshrined at Santiago de Compostela. At best the effort of a pilgrimage could work major miracles. At least it would win favors freeing the penitent from suffering punishment in the afterlife. For while the Sacrament of Confession certainly gained absolution for one's sins, a sinner didn't get off scot free. There was still time to be served in Purgatory.