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Medieval Wanders and Wonders: Understanding Northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago -bookcover

By: Kate Simons

Medieval Wanders and Wonders: Understanding Northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago

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Those who have walked the Camino will know just how compelling is the magic to be found along this way. In Medieval Wanders and Wonders Kate Simons delves into the drama that can be sensed in glorious cathedrals and mysterious religious houses, the thrills shared by fellow walkers and the triumph of arriving in Santiago de Compostela. But, having gazed upon magnificent art and experienced the vast Spanish skies, do pilgrims question the significance of James' holy bones, the influence the saints wrought on western civilization or the peculiarity of medieval pilgrimage? By examining the mysteries, sometimes grisly, sometimes delightful, of witches, heresy, obsolete religious practices and knights Kate attempts to answer these questions. She also provides personal reflections and anecdotes from her own Camino walk and subsequent trips to northern Spain undertaken with her husband. As well as asking deep questions, Medieval Wanders and Wonders offers insight into the nature of pilgrimage and the curiosities and marvels of medieval Spain.  

Kate Simons, a research fellow at Federation University Australia, has lectured in literature and film studies. Her current research interests include mythology and medievalism. She has travelled widely on three continents, and in 2010 she walked the Camino de Santiago. Latterly she also walked the Old Pilgrims' Way from Winchester to Canterbury. Kate lives in Ballarat, Victoria with her husband.

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