The Roads to Santiago: The Medieval Pilgrim Routes through France and Spain to Santiago De Compostela Hardcover – Aug 10 2008
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An architectural emphasis will be of particular interest to those with an ecclesiastical interest, but the book doesn't disappoint in its depiction of French and Spanish landscapes. Westmorland Gazette This is the essential reference-book for those who have made or intend to make this inspirational journey; not to mention those who prefer to participate from the comfort and safety of their own armchairs! Don't wait till Christmas to buy this book! Keswick Reminder A celebration of the glorious religious architecture and countryside that are the very essence of the pilgrimage. Lakeland Walker As you'd expect from a photographer of the calibre of Derry Brabbs, The Roads to Santiago, a celebration of the ancient pilgrim routes through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela, is a stunning collection of images. TGO: The Great Outdoors This is the essential companion for those who have made or intend to make this inspirational journey, not to mention those who prefer to participate in its pleasures and joys from the comfort of their armchairs. Universe Derry Brabbs's celebration of the architecture and countryside along the route would make a great present for any past or prospective 'caminante'. Daily Telegraph
About the Author
JULIA BRADBURY is one of television's most experienced and versatile presenters. She currently co-hosts the BBC1 country affairs programme Countryfile with Matt Baker. They travel to the most interesting places in the country uncovering stories, meeting people and investigating issues that affect us all. It launched to record ratings and is consistently the 'most watched programme' on BBC One. Countryfile is broadcast every Sunday at 7pm. A well known face on our screens, Julia's back catalogue has included the consumer affairs programme Watchdog, travel series for Rough Guide and Wish You Were Here. Prior to that she was the Los Angeles Correspondent for GMTV, and hosted EXCLUSIVE!, one of the launch programmes for Five.DERRY BRABBS is regarded as one of England's finest photographers within the sphere of heritage and landscape, with over 20 illustrated books to his credit. His stunning colour photographs for the worldwide best-seller James Herriot's Yorkshire contributed to its success. He is the author of several beautifully photographed titles celebrating England's landscape and architectural legacy. Derry lives in Harrogate.
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This is a gorgeous book, sized for coffee table display, and full of color photos. Most coffee table books are full of pictures with a few lines of descriptive text. The text in The Roads to Santiago could stand on its own as a work on pilgrimage architecture and history. It clearly was an immense amount of work to write. I wish the authors or publishers had seen fit to mention how long it to complete.
The definitive work still in print on the Camino de Santiago is Gitlitz and Davidson The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook. That work covers the architecture and history within the borders of Spain. Imagine Gitlitz and Davidson, in color, with bigger and better photos, including the four pilgrim routes through France, and you have some idea of The Roads to Santiago.
This four pound book is something I recommend to someone who has walked the Camino de Santiago, and is thirsty for more information. A few hours with this book and you will be thinking about booking a trip to France and starting down one of the French chemins.
Especially, if you didn't take a camera along your own camino, this book is an addition.
It brought quite some memories back to my mind.
And it makes me long for other roads.
I am a fan rather than a scholar of Romanesque architecture, but I think I'm safe in saying that the text is clear and accurate. Brabbs writes well; he knows his subject, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Get a good map and a magnifying glass, and then buy this book, either before you go or, if the idea of the pilgrimage is too daunting, instead of going.