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The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela

The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela

by William Melczer

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

This is the original guide used by 12th-century pilgrims along the sacred way, reprinted with an introduction by a professor of Medieval Studies, plus endnotes and a gazetteer. (SPN42, $25.00)

Travels with My Donkey

Travels with My Donkey

by Tim Moore

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James. (SPN242, $16.99)

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook

by David Gitlitz | Linda Kay Davidson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A kilometer-by-kilometer guide to the route of St. James across northern Spain with copious information on the historical and artistic sites along the way. You probably won't want it in your daypack, but in your suitcase it will be invaluable for previews of the following day and reflections on the preceding one. (SPN137, $26.99)

Northern Spain Adventure Map

Northern Spain Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A nicely detailed, overview map of the western (coastal) part of Northern Spain and the Way of St. James at a scale of 1:500,000. Extends as far east as San Sebastian. One Side. 33x49 inches. (SPN245, $11.95)

 
Galicia Map 571

Galicia Map 571


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A nicely detailed regional map of Galicia (1,400,000), east to Oviedo and south to Porto and Salamanca. (SPN53, $11.95)

Footprint Guide Northern Spain

Footprint Guide Northern Spain


by Andy Symington

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

A detailed, comprehensive guide published in Britain, nicely divided between a general overview of the region and practical travel detail on where to go and what to do. (SPN233, $24.95)

Way of St James: Pyrenees, Santiago, Finisterre

Way of St James: Pyrenees, Santiago, Finisterre


by Alison Raju

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A revised, expanded guide to the Spanish section of the Way of St. James, from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and on to Finisterre. As well as giving step by step directions the book also provides information on places to visit, history and practical travel details. (SPN202, $19.95)

Life and Food in the Basque Country

Life and Food in the Basque Country


by Maria Jose Sevilla

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 170 PAGES

A portrait of Basque life as seen through the people who practice its culinary traditions. Each chapter profiles the traditions and histories of the Basque butcher, fisherman, housewife, kaiku-maker (or society cook), with some traditional recipes. (SPN125, $14.95)

A Traveller's History of Spain

A Traveller's History of Spain


by Juan Lalaguna

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This survey of Spanish history features a useful chronology, historical gazetteer and a long section on contemporary life. It covers early settlements through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present. (SPN06, $14.95)

Medieval European Pilgrimage, C.700-C.1500


by Diana Webb

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER

A scholarly history of European Christian pilgrimage from Constantine's conversion to the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. (EUR242, $49.99)

Moorish Spain

Moorish Spain


by Richard Fletcher

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable. (SPN110, $34.95)

Religion in the Medieval West

Religion in the Medieval West


by Bernard Hamilton

  • RELIGION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Hamilton introduces religious life and spread of Catholicism through Europe in the Medieval period in this scholarly survey. (EUR243, $35.95)

Spain, The Root and the Flower

Spain, The Root and the Flower


by John A. Crow

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in Spain. (SPN13, $29.95)

The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions. (SPN116, $17.00)

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country


by Robert Laxalt | Joyce Laxalt

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

A portrait of the Basque culture and people through the eyes of Robert Laxalt, who traveled through Basque country in the 60s. This book is based on Laxalt's journals and complemented by his wife's photographs. (FRN162, $21.00)

The Miracles of St. James, Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi

The Miracles of St. James, Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi


by Thoma Coffey

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 169 PAGES

The English translation of a Medieval writings on the pilgrimage to Santiago, and the miracles of St. James, from the Codex Calixtinus. (REL62, $18.00)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

What Pure Eyes Could See, Calvin's Doctrine of Faith in Its Exegetical Context

What Pure Eyes Could See, Calvin's Doctrine of Faith in Its Exegetical Context


by Barbara Pitkin

  • RELIGION
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 260 PAGES

An analysis of the way in which Calvin's exegetical labors contributed to his understanding of faith. (REL61, $125.00)

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect


by Juan Bassegoda Nonell

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 285 PAGES

This pocket-sized collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. (SPN374, $11.95)

Baroque and Rococo Art

Baroque and Rococo Art


by Germain Bazin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe. (EUR53, $21.95)

Baroque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting

Baroque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting


by Rolf Toman

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 500 PAGES

This elaborately illustrated oversize book shows in spelnded color the spread of baroque and rococo painting, architecture and sculpture styles from Rome across Europe in the 17th century. (EUR204, $29.99)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

Gaudi, A Biography


by Gijs van Hensbergen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A vivid account of the famous architect and his work, which forever changed the landscapes of Barcelona and Catalonia. (SPN240, $21.99)

Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain

Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain


by Jack Hitt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER

An American abroad, popular NPR contributor Hitt unleashes his wit and wonder in this account of his trek, 500-miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Naturally, he falls in with an odd assortment of fellow pilgrims, and adventures ensue. (SPN312, $17.99)

On The Road with Francis of Assisi

On The Road with Francis of Assisi


by Linda Bird Francke

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Assisi wandered for 20 years, affording Newsweek editor Francke and her patient husband plenty to see and do in the piazzas, sanctuaries and chapels of Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Venice, Gubbio, Rome and other choice spots. (ITL647, $17.00)

Pilgrim Stories, On and Off the Road to Santiago

Pilgrim Stories, On and Off the Road to Santiago


by Nancy Louise Frey

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

The sights, sounds -- and meaning -- of modern journeys along the "Camino de Santiago," according to interviews with those who travel it. (SPN46, $31.95)

Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Campostela

Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Campostela


by Conrad Rudolph

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

An engaging, literary account of 11 weeks of travels from Le Puy along the way of St. James, 1,000 miles all told. (SPN220, $17.00)

Roads to Santiago, A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain

Roads to Santiago, A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain


by Cees Nooteboom

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

An exhilarating but erudite portrait of modern and historic Spain. Nooteboom writes quite brilliantly of Spanish art, philosophy, history, architecture and culture, as well as of the people he encountered. (SPN50, $21.95)

The Road to Santiago

The Road to Santiago


by Kathryn Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

The novelist's personal and meditative account of journeys along the Route of St. James, from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela. (SPN209, $20.00)

Don Quixote

Don Quixote


by Miguel de Cervantes | John Rutherford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 1072 PAGES

The most famous work in Spanish literature, rendered in a lively, modern translation. It is the picaresque tale of a romantic, mad gentleman who imagines himself a knight errant. (SPN23, $17.00)

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Peter R. Bush

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

A collection of 30 stories from a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

The Song of Roland

The Song of Roland


by Robert Harrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The medieval French epic poem recalling the gory battle which took place in 778 (as Charlemagne's rear guard was ambushed by Saracens) this text offers important insights into Christian attitudes toward Muslims in medieval European history. Translated by Robert Harrison. (SPN271, $7.95)

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel, which encapsulates the angst of the post-WWI "Lost Generation," is the story of unmoored American and British expats travelling from Paris to Pamplona. (SPN33, $16.00)

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