Many scholarly articles claim that the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela was moribund at the turn of the last century based on statistical surveys of the Cathedral and Hospital Real registers, but these numbers only represent a fraction of the persons who devoutly visited Santiago Cathedral. In reality, the late nineteenth and early twentieth century pilgrimage as described by five turn-of-the-nineteenth-century female authors.- Emilia Pardo Bazán, Katherine Lee Bates, Georgiana Goddard King, Annette Meakin, and Catherine Gasquoine Hartley - is itself in a liminal state, between the traditional pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela and the newer tourist-pilgrim. The writings by these women (one Spanish, two British, two American) tell of a pilgrimage that was not dead, nor dying but was more similar to today’s Camino than might have been imagined.
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"Women's Words About Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, 1890 - 1920,"
International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/ijrtp/vol6/iss2/8