This book offers the complete text of Book II of the Codex Calixtinus, the 22 miracles associated with St. James. The introduction analyzes the types, places, a. The Codex Calixtinus, housed at the cathedral in Santiago, is a manuscript of the book entitled Liber Sancti Jacobi written between and It contains. Liber Sancti Jacobi: Codex Calixtinus on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Historia Turpini “Libro IV”, fol. Due to its heterogeneous and composite character, this codex is believed to be the work of several authors and compilers.

It is known as Codex Calixtinus not because this Pope had been one of its authors but on account of the extraordinary influence that he, his secretary and the people of Cluny had in the gestation of the work. Before his election as Pope inCalixtus II had been the Abbot at Cluny; the people of this Burgundian city had originated and promoted the pilgrimages to Santiago and, as Pope, Calixtus became the most impassioned benefactor of these crusades. It has also been established that the French cleric Aymeric Picaud, Secretary of Pope Calixtus, was an important participator in the writing, or at least, compilation of the codex.


The Jesuit historian P. Fidel Fita rediscovered the codex in ; for unknown reasons the book had been hidden and forgotten.

Codex Calixtinus

In the entire codex was restored in the workshop of the National Library of Madrid; one of the parts of the codex, Libro IV Historia Turpiniwhich had been removed in the 17th century was then reincorporated into the manuscript.

Codex Calixtinus is composed of 5 “libros” or sections: Book I is preceded by a bizarre and clearly spurious letter from Pope Calixtus fols.

It has been falsely attributed to Turpin, Archbishop of Reims. Although this book was originally a part of the Codex Calixtinus, it was removed in and circulated widely as an independent unit.

lliber Luckily, as just mentioned, the book has now its original place in the codex. It is considered the oldest touristic guide of Europe. Musical settings including plainsong and polyphonic conducti, tropes, and organa follow on fols.

Codex Calixtinus – Wikipedia

The codex ends with an appendix which has several poems and hymns related to Santiago. Codex Calixtinus is a marvellous witness to the political, social, cultural, religious, musical and intellectual fabric of the medieval world.


The music in the codex is a topic in itself and offers a wonderful snapshot of the state of music composition in the 12th century: James along with their accompanying monophonic tropes and sequences clearly illustrate how the liturgy was expanded and embellished for a new great feast day.

The musical highpoint is its repertoire of polyphony; it includes the first known composition for three voices and serves as a vital bridge for the Notre Dame School. Without this repertoire our understanding of the iaacobi and evolution of polyphony in the western world would be completely distorted.

It is because of its invaluable role in so many and varied disciplines that the Codex Calixtinus, a monumental work for medieval studies, will be a basic and treasured tool in your library.

Limited numbered edition of copies.

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