PILGRIMAGE TO HERESY by Tracy Saunders
- A forgotten pilgrim by the name of Priscillian - Forgotten by most, at least outside of his native Spain - There are those who would prefer that he remain forgotten.
The book itself begins in Padron/Iria Flavia.
In recent years, the Camino de Santiago has attracted people from all over the world. Some walk for their own reasons; some walk as a pilgrimage to the grave of the Apostle James. But what if someone else's remains are buried in the Cathedral in Compostela. And what if those remains were those of one called "heretic" by the Roman church, and executed in 385 AD?
My new book "Pilgrimage to Heresy" is a novel which looks at these questions as it follows what may have been the last days of Priscillian, at one time Bishop of Avila, and a man who had a huge following in his native Galicia. It also follows a modern day pilgrim, Miranda, a Canadian professor of Philosophy who is looking for her own answers in a world where "Faith" has become harder and harder to keep.
Tracy Saunders walked her own Camino in 1999 from the Pyrenees and has no doubt in her mind that - "it was perhaps the most important thing I have ever done, and, as it does with all pilgrims remains a constant influence in my everyday life".
For more information about his book,, see where you can read about Priscillian, Tracy's own Camino, and some links to Gnosticism, as well as ordering information. You can also read some pages from the book.
- Pilgrimage to Heresy will not be to everyone's taste. It challenges established ideas about the pilgrimage and particularly asks "Who is buried in Compostela?" Ultimately, perhaps it doesn't matter: it is the Camino we experience in our hearts which lasts. Either way, it asks pertinent questions about the idea and rationale of going on a Pilgrimage in the 21st century. I hope you enjoy reading about it.