A Traveler's Highway to Heaven: Exploring the History & by William J. Bonville

By William J. Bonville

A Traveler's street to Heaven; provides historic and cultural meat to the bones of the hiker s fortunately convivial El Camino event. Of much more import, the ebook allows that have for the vacationer who yearns to direction El Camino de Santiago yet is bodily incapable of dealing with the trials of strolling the 8 hundred kilometers of ways. 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 l. a. Gloria, right into a sharing of the after El Camino adventure that the hiker cum pilgrim usually claims fascinated with himself.

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These mountains dominated and totally shaped the destiny of the peoples of Northern Spain throughout history. The high passes are easily defended by a few determined fighters. This meant that conquest from the outside was rarely worth the price. Only the methodical Romans with the resources of a world empire were able to accomplish the feat. With conquerors generally excluded except for punitive raids or hit-and-run plundering expeditions, the ancient cultures of these peoples tended to be change resistant.

This is the land the Basques know as Euzkadi, the Basque Homeland. A thousand years ago it became the heart of the Basque kingdom of Navarra. The modern Euzkadi, the “Basque Provinces” of modern Spain, extends from the crest of the Pyrenees and Bidasoa River, which form the border with France, to the Ebro on the south and westward into the Cantabrian Cordillera and beyond to the Bay of Biscay. The Euzkadi contains the provinces of Navarra, Alava, Vizcaya and Guipuzcoa, containing in all about 17,000 square kilometers.

Their relics were cherished as reminders of the saints' personal victories over the powers of the Devil, as often as not won by martyrdom. More than that, prayer had the power to gain intercession by the saints in favor of the supplicant. Such was the position of the Church. The beliefs of ordinary people went beyond the devotional limits of the abstract religious ideas fostered by the Church. The common folk believed the saint was spiritually present with his physical relics. This led inevitably to veneration of those relics, which lay people believed to hold miraculous powers, such as healing the sick and granting special favors.

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