Canal March

The origins of the Camino de Santiago

Fernando López Alsina

Professor of Medieval History at the University of Santiago de Compostela Fernando López Alsina begins this conference by introducing the different Caminos de Santiago that crossed French and Hispanic lands. The "crystallization" of the first peninsular Way of St. James would have taken place in the middle of the 11th century. The speaker explains the factors that operated in the topographical definition of this first Way of Saint James, from sources such as the Codex Calixtinus of Santiago, the Calixtinus of Salamanca, the Chronicle of Silence or the map of Santiago (16th century) preserved in the Archive of Simancas, and other evidence of various kinds.

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