On July 5, 2011 the Codex Calixtinus was stolen from the archives of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostella. Yesterday, precisely one year after the theft, Spanish authorities announced the recovery of not only the Codex, but also other artworks and over a million euros in cash that had been stolen by a Cathedral worker.
This illuminated manuscript is the oldest known guide to the pilgrimage to Santiago in the Middle Ages. It is generally ascribed to Aymeric Picaud, a French scholar from Parthenay-le-Vieux in the Poitou region of France. Picaud’s work is integral to our work at Via Lucis, providing much of the information available on the medieval pilgrimage churches on the different routes across France and Spain.