Codex : Guide (D. Murphy)





  This site contains a complete English translation of the Pilgrim's Guide section of the Codex Calixtinus, the

12th Century account of pilgrim routes through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela. There does

not seem to be an English translation available online; this project seeks to fill that gap.

The Latin text used for the translation is mainly that of Fita and Vinson, published in 'Le Codex de Saint-

Jacques-de-Compostelle' in 1882, and now out of copyright and available online.



  This translation is dedicated to those associated with St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin with whom I've

done sections of the Camino over the past years.

  Gracias, compañeros, y que vayan bien.

  Denis Murphy,

  Dublin, 2011.


  and personal corrections



  Codex Calixtinus is composed of 5 "libros" or sections :


- Book I (fols.4-139) contains sermons, liturgical texts and homilies for the liturgy of Saint James (Santiago), including numerous musical chants and two polyphonic settings written specifically for the new liturgy (fols. 101v-139). Book I is preceded by a bizarre and clearly spurious letter from Pope Calixtus (fols.1-3).

- Book II (fols.140-155), known as the "Book of Miracles," is a collection of 22 miracles credited to Saint James which had occurred in different areas of Europe.

- Book III (fols.156-162) narrates the moving of Saint James' body from Palestina to Compostela.

- Book IV (fols.163-191), or Historia Turpini, is a history of Charlemagne and Roland (Historia Karol Magni et Rotholandi). It has been falsely attributed to Turpin, Archbishop of Reims. Although this book was originally a part of the Codex Calixtinus, it was removed in 1620 and circulated widely as an independent unit. Luckily, as just mentioned, the book has now its original place in the codex.

- Book V (fols.192-225) is the very famous "Liber Peregrinationis" ("Guide of the Medieval Pilgrim") attributed to Aymeric Picaud. It is considered the oldest touristic guide of Europe. Musical settings (including plainsong and polyphonic conducti, tropes, and organa) follow on fols. 214-222. The codex ends with an appendix which has several poems and hymns related to Santiago.


   Book V or Guide :


- Chapter I. Roads to Santiago.

- Chapter II. The Stages of the Camino.

- Chapter III. The Towns

- Chapter IV. The Three Hostels of the World.

- Chapter V. People who repaired the road.

- Chapter VI. The Good and Bad Rivers.

- Chapter VII. The lands

- Chapter VIII. Saints' Tombs to be visited

- Chapter IX. The City and Basilica of St.James.

- Chapter X. Canons of St James.

- Chapter XI. How to treat Pilgrims


  Guide Arg. I à VI :  Argument. Chapters I to VI

  Guide VII :             Chapter VII

  Guide VIII.1 :         Chapter VIII.1

  Guide VIII.2 ::        Chapter VIII.2

  Guide VIII.3 :         Chapter VIII (St Eutrope)

  Guide IX :              Chapter IX

  Guide X et XI:        Chapters X & XI. End           



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