The Guardian, Face to Faith: The enigma of Saint James

The identity of Saint James has been reinvented many times over two millennia, from Moor-slayer to Spaniard-killer to pilgrim

Tomorrow pilgrims will gather at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela for the feast day of Saint James the Great, many having travelled hundreds of kilometres on foot along the medieval Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) to be there. But the man whose relics pilgrims travel so far to venerate is a complex figure whose identity has never been fixed. In the nearly 2,000 years since his death Saint James has gained a wealth of associations through the legends that have grown up around him. His constant metamorphosis in popular religious culture shows the adaptability of saints and the way our uses of them can change their representation…

The Guardian, 24 July 2010, p. 33.

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