“The manuscript collections of the antiquary, Huntingdonshire landowner and administrator, Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631) contain many maps, charts and plans. Cotton’s collecting was driven by a blend of patriotism and a passion for antiquity. The latter accounts for the presence of one of the earliest detailed European world […]
“ManuscriptsSigeric’s journey back from Rome after receiving his pallium (either AD989 or AD990) is recorded in a manuscript… in the British Library. The manuscript forms part of the Cotton collection: Tiberius B.v., folios 34 and 35.”
The document is from the International Francigena site (a German organisation I think – hence the cycle route being in German and English?) http://www.francigena-international.org . But is it the original handwritten script of Segeric? At the very bottom of the document it states that this is from the […]
Adventus archiespiscopi nostri Sigeric ad Romam : primitus ad limitem beati Petri apostoli : deinde ad Sanctam Mariarn scolarn Anglorum: ad Sanctum Laurentium in craticula : ad Sanctum Valentinum in ponte Molui : ad Sanctam Agnes : ad Sanctum Laurentium foris murum : ad Sanctum Sebastianum : ad […]
“Usually the pilgrims were men, but women could undertake the trip as well. The person had to pay his debts, prepare a will, receive from his local priest his pilgrim costume, ask forgiveness of anyone whom he might have offended and finally to say goodbye to everyone before […]
A good, clear picture of the route from Cantebury to Rome and confirmation, if it is needed that “The roads that Sigeric followed became known as the Via Francigena (the road to France) or “Via Romea” (the road to Rome)”. Hence the name of the blog.http://www.san-quirico.com/francigena_eng.htm
Here is a picture of the serious monk himself – at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset complete with plaque….
I speak fluent French – I teach it. 700 days should allow me to bring my Italian up to a very good standard. Another incentive. There is a course at the University of Reading that I shall sign up for today… For the bit across German-speaking Switzerland, I […]
Two people who have completed the pilgrimage twice – first on horseback then on bike – have produced a very detailed blog and two guidebooks. The blog is at http://www.pilgrimagepublications.blogspot.com and the guides can be purchased athttp://www.pilgrimagepublications.com/EUShop/PayPal/ppvfbooks.html . They seem t be cheaper at Amazon.co.uk…..
“Thanks to the work of the International Scientific Committee, we are today in a position to retrace this route on the basis of a document left to us by Sigeric, Archibishop of Canterbury. In 994, on his way back to Canterbury from Rome, he described the itinerary and […]
Wonderful quote:“The Via Francigena is a historical itinerary leading to Rome from Canterbury, a major route which in the past was used by thousands of pilgrims on their way to Rome. At the beginning of the 11th century mainly, a multitude of souls “looking for their Lost Heavenly […]
Archbishop Sigeric, our friend who first described the route of my trip (from Cantebury to Rome) has a couple of local connections. According to Wikipedia he was elected Abbot of St Augustine’s in about 975 to 990, and consecrated by Archbishop Dunstan to the See of Ramsbury and […]
I have 723 according to Blogspot (see the vote I have just put over there on the right) assuming that I leave on the 1st August 2010.
That is up for discussion. I certainly won’t be cycling back to the UK. The beer that I have with my friends near Ostuni in Puglia will be well deserved and I won’t be repeating the journey in reverse. That said, I have been thinking about travelling back […]
Good question. And a complicated answer. I have just turned 39 and am beginning to enter a “mid-life crisis”. Summer 2009 is too short a time to make the changes I want to make to my life. In two years however, I think I have a chance. Cycling […]
Where is the adventure in that? Plus it is not very green. I gave up on my car more than 12 months ago and have been cycling the 8 miles to work in Henley-on-Thames (and back) every day since, so I have been in training to cycle (albeit […]
I live in South-East England – Reading, Berkshire to be exact, so not far from the start of the route in London. I have a friend who has bought a house in Puglia – the heel of Italy – and he has invited me to visit. I have […]
…is to cycle the route from London to Brindisi in the summer of 2010.
The route starts in London, passes through Canterbury, Dover and Calais, Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Basel, Luzern, Milan, Parma, Siena, Rome and ends on the the Adriatic coast in Brindisi.