The  Codex Calixtinus of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and other medieval copies of the Liber Sancti Jacobi: The Iberian origins of the Jacobian tradition in Europe

Documentary heritage submitted by Spain and Portugal and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte Spain, Ministro da Cultura Portugal, Liber miraculorum Sancti Iacobi (Codex Calixtinus, Liber II)

The Liber Sancti Jacobi is a five-book compilation of texts related to apostle St James and the pilgrimage to his shrine in Compostela, in northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.Scholars believe that the manuscript kept in Compostela was compiled between 1138 and 1173, and is considered the eldest and more complete version of this work. It is also known as Codex Calixtinus -as it was attributed to Pope Calixtus II- or Compostellanus, denominations reserved to this codex. Other medieval copies of the Liber preserved in Spanish and Portuguese cultural institutions are also included in this nomination, as they are all part of the same textual and cultural tradition. The Codex is a source for the knowledge of European medieval religiosity and culture. It served to the support and promotion of the cult of St James and the Camino de Santiago as one of the greatest Christian pilgrimage routes, in a model repeated later by the Canterbury Tales. It is also connected to the mythical figure of Charlemagne and the medieval epic literature of the chanson de geste, giving a European dimension to the text.

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