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The Enigma of Manier a pilgrim of Santiago 2

13 Novembre 2012, 22:03pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com

Where is he ?


Adrian van Ostade      Fight    (fiction ndlr)

One can imagine Guillaume Manier, mentioned previously : a burly guy, strong enough to do battle if necessary. Like all the others, or almost, he needs company in order to better defend himself. For enemies and dangers are not uncommon in the eighteenth century ! Sometimes the problems come from the group itself ...

The journey resumes in the South West of France (map).

"Originally he goes along well with his companions, but the discord settles disputes again and again. He therefore wants to leave the band, but, fearing to be alone in Spain, he bribes Delorme who betrays reporting his intentions to others. They squabble. One conflict escalates, then two, but for fear of being alone, we stay together.

In Spain, however, things escalate and on the path leading from Burgos to Hornillos del Camino, Guillaume wrestles with Hermand and smashes his stick on his head. Neither the players nor the witnesses get frightened beyond measure, as evidenced by the comments of the diary where Manier simply says that "had not been the help of a French coppersmith, there would come something else. "Anyway they all make good friends again when they near Quintanileja. "(Jean-Claude Bourlès, Passants de Compostelle, Petite Bibliothèque Payot)

What then for our tailor from Carlepont ? He manages to reach Santiago de Compostela, and after devotions, makes his way back. We do not know why but he does it on his own. And the great mystery remains: back in France, we keep track of him at Saintes, and we learn that he decides to stay a pilgrim. This time it will lead him to Rome.
Guillaume becomes a "romieu".


Hard luck, and therein lies the mystery, no trace, no news from Manier since then. Neither you nor anyone else, will ever know


how his life ended...

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The Camino del Norte on the Way of St James

6 Novembre 2012, 14:33pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com



Once you've made it to the south-west of France, once in Spain, which route should you take ?


Good question. One must make the right decision. The simplest, the most unusual, the hardest, the most lonely solution is to walk along the coast, in the Basque Country and later in Cantabria.


Video (in French but the pictures are international) for those who think it always rains there. 





Would you rather like a video in English ? Send us some ! 


Get ready for your departure next year.

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