Connaître saint Jacques - Comprendre Compostelle
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All the subjects relative to Saint James and Compostela : rambling, culture, religion, regional, national or european heritage refer to history in various degrees. In the 1980s, the first journalists which were naturally interested in the use of the most recent research results of the age.

For 20 years, the passion for Compostela has involved a constant increase in the volumes of publications on the subjects (articles, special issues, radio and television programs) where authors innocently convey the same knowledge. Never re-examined, they were also used as the base for all the pilgrims and amateur searchers in a number of books, conferences and Internet sites.

In these times, the professional research was much invested in the effort to find the original texts which are difficult to access (in addition to dispersion, they are in Latin, ancient French, manuscripts and ancient writings) and reinterpret them in the light of new knowledge acquired in all the disciplines. The results called into question the previous certainties.


The European Institute of Cultural Routes became aware of this shift and wishes to offer a renewed vision of pilgrimage whilst participating in the creation of the ?Fondation David Parou Saint-Jaques?. Beyond the geographic approach of the marking of Compostela pathways, it gives light to the European Cultural pilgrim customs and encouraged a dynamic research, with innovative results.

The Institute puts the results of this multi-discipline research at the disposal of visitors to its internet site. It opens new fields of reflection and exchanges. Thus, in the theme ?personnages européens? (European figures), it encourages research into historic pilgrims, for example the Czech lord of the XV century Léon de Rosmital.

The Fondation brings responses for all those who wish to better understand the contemporary revival of pilgrimage to Compostela, to decipher the origins, to replace the pilgrimage in the history of Europe, to go to meet the famous pilgrims or the less known, to encourage the safeguard of heritage.


La Fondation Européene pour la Recherche sur les PELerinages (FERPEL) answers a wish of the precursor, René de La Coste-Messelière of 1950. In the 1980s, he wanted to associate the ?erudite? research and the ?associative? research so that the studies exceeded the general assumptions. The Foundation has inherited the experience gained by the collective research undertaken within several associations of pilgrims in France for this time and its amplified effort since 2000.

It reunites :

- physical people : universities, teachers, searchers, associates, free searchers and the simply curious ;

- moral people : associations, laboratories, cultural and tourist organisations, territorial collectives, enterprises, of which :

- L?Institut Européen des Itinéraires Culturels,

- The Tallandier editions

- The CNRJMMA, Centre National de Recherche sur les Jetons et Méreaux au Moyen Age

- Pilgrim associations

It is situated in the Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP), Paris I-CNRS.

Their work (Multidiscipline studies and research, Meetings and conferences, Documentary and teaching files, Publications and editions, Formation and consultancy) is on a website which is collaborated with more than thirty people :


D. Péricard et L. Mollaret

President, Louis Mollaret :

Polytechnic 1954, engineer of the Marine engineering, technical adviser with the Ministries of Defense, Industry and Research, took part in great national and international projects scientific or industrial (ARIANE program, subway of Cairo...), consultant in valorization, director of companies in Germany. Walking pilgrim on sections of the pathway in 1997 to 2000 then foot pilgrim in 2001, Compostela lecturer on the Saint-Adrien tunnel and the ?Piémont de la Cordillière Cantabrique?.

He brings the permanent improvement of the presentation and diffusion of the research results carried out on the Internet site.

Person in charge of Research, Denise Péricard-Mea :

- 1982 Pilgrimage on horse from Bourges to Compostelle;
- In 1983, at the request of René de La Coste, inscription in Sorbonne to acquire vocational training in order to coordinate research tasks;
- 1987-1999 Part time lecturer of medieval history in Paris I-Sorbonne;
- 1996 Doctorate in history from the University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne :

, (3 volumes, 901 pages). Direction : Claude Gauvard. Jury : B. Guenée, C. Beaune, D. Le Blévec ;
- Associated member of the society of Medieval Historians of higher public education;
- Member of the « Conseil de Laboratoire du LAMOP », (Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris, UMR 8589 Paris I-Sorbonne- CRNS, dir. Jean-Philippe Genet, lecturer at Paris I). Manager for the theme « Pilgrim culture » within the research orientation « Behavior and social relations » dir. C. Gauvard;
- 2001 pilgrimage on foot to Lectoure-Compostelle.


Pilgrim of Saint James, sensitive and curious of all, David was conscious of the importance of a quality research in the service of a cultural and tourist development. In June 2000, he was one of the organisers of the first national meeting of St. James research bringing together the professional and associate searchers.
Agricultural engineer, impassioned by the vine, he chose his trade of wine grower after returning from Compostela. Concerned to open with other practices and to increase his knowledge, it led to much travelling to meet other vine growers.

Devout Christian, engaged in the Church and of many occupations, he was actively interested in associative work and became president of the association of the ?Amis de Saint Jacques en région Centre?.

David called his field "Field of the Pilgrims", he died before the grape harvest.

The Foundation bears the name in the ambition to continue his work.

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