Codex Calixtinus Recovered! (Dennis Aubrey)


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.

Codex Calixtinus

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.

8 responses to “Codex Calixtinus Recovered! (Dennis Aubrey)

  1. Amazing image! I am always blown away by what was known during the Middle Ages. I guess I’m a victim of the educational process of the 1960s. This site and your FB posts are rich with information about a world long misunderstood. Thanks to you and PJ for the efforts.

    • Vincent, we are continually amazed by the same thing. Wait till you see the post that we do on the Church at Saint Quentin. You know about entasis in the classical Greek world, wait till you hear what these medieval masons did. Stunning.

  2. Ah, the Via Santiago! There’s an adventure of epic . . . uhm . . . adventure ;-).

    Something tells me the image is, perhaps, not quite the original codex, but still – the Medievals were far beyond the 19th Century cornucopia of mis and dis-information and Romantic mythology that the public schools made it out to be until, well, now.

    One day I hope to make the Via Santiago and collect the coveted cockle shell for my efforts. Definitely looking forward to the photo series of the churches on the journey.

    • George, great to hear from you. I hope you collect your shell and look forward to hearing the stories. We are thinking of doing some posts on each of the French routes and the churches that line them.

  3. Wonderful news about the Codex :). I’ll be walking the Camino de Santiago later this year and am looking forward to the sights along the way as well as arriving at the Cathedral in Santiago.

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