The current popularity of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is built on medieval foundations. Dr Cunningham’s lecture will trace Irish involvement in one of the major pilgrimages of the medieval Christian world to reveal stories of men and women who travelled from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages. Her new research draws on official documents, historical chronicles, literary texts, saints’ Lives and archaeological finds to discover some of those Anglo-Norman and Gaelic pilgrims who ventured beyond the confines of their local communities in search of salvation and perhaps a little adventure.
Dr Bernadette Cunningham’s new book on Medieval Irish Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela will be published by Four Courts Press in winter 2018. She is a graduate of NUI Galway and University College Dublin and works as a librarian in Dublin. She is the author of The Annals of the Four Masters: Irish History, kingship and society in the early seventeenth century (Four Courts Press, 2010) for which she was awarded the prestigious NUI Irish Historical Research Prize in 2011. She is also the author of The World of Geoffrey Keating: history, myth and religion in seventeenth-century Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2000).