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Trudging to Compostella

Good to see Jenna Bush making the ancient pilgrimmage to Santiago de Compostella (see K-Lo’s posting below), which was, with Rome and Jerusalem, one of the three most important destinations for pilgrims throughout the Middle Ages. There is, however, a catch–at least for the politically correct.

St. James was believed to have interceded in the reconquista, helping Spaniards free the Iberian peninsula from the Moors. St. James of Compostella was also known as Santiago Matamoros, or St. James the moor-slayer.

To the first reader who spots a liberal complaining about the “insensitivity” of Jenna’s pilgrimage, a jar of pennies.

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