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THE FOUNDATION : A KNOWLEDGEABLE BODY AT YOUR SERVICE
The creation of the Fondation David Parou Saint-Jacques,
in June 2002, arose from the experience acquired by a collective research
effort begun in January 2000 in the framework of French pilgrim associations.
In the spirit of tolerance and openness of the Council of Europe, it assembles
elements of the common European cultural heritage linked with Saint James
and Compostela. Thus, it contributes to a revision and renewal of knowledge
and to building a bridge between all Europeans. It fulfils the wish of
its precursor, René de La Coste-Messelière, who wanted in
the 1980s to enlarge the field of research and review first assumptions
by combining academic research with that of the associations. He was aware
of the necessity of deepening knowledge and better exploiting the archives
THE PILGRIMAGE TO COMPOSTELA : QUARTER-CENTURY-OLD CERTAINTIES
All subjects related to Saint James and Compostela - rambling,
culture, religion, regional, national or European heritage - concern
in varying degrees. In the 1980s, the first journalists to write about
Compostela naturally used the most recent research results available.
During that period of time, according to the wish of René de La Coste, much professional research has been invested in an 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 to reinterpret them in the light of modern multidisciplinary knowledge. The results called into question the previous certainties. The Foundation has inherited the results of this research and brings it to the public.
A RENEWED VISION OF THE PILGRIMAGE
On the basis of this research, the Fondation provides answers for all those who wish to get a better understanding of the contemporary revival of pilgrimage to Compostela, to decipher its origins, to place the pilgrimage in the history of Europe, to seek out famous or less known pilgrims, to encourage the preservation of heritage.
It puts the results of this multi-disciplinary research at the disposal of visitors to its internet site. It opens new fields of reflection and exchange. It carries out research on historical pilgrims, for example the Czech lord of the XVth century Léon de Rosmital.
Its work (multidisciplinary studies and research, meetings and conferences, documentation and teaching packs, publications and editions, lectures and consultancy) is on a website on which more than fifty people collaborate : http://www.saint-jacques.info
THE FOUNDERS AND ORGANISERS
The initiative of creating a new network of researchers at the beginning
of the year 2000 was due to Denise Péricard-Méa. She put
her experience at the disposal of the Foundation, which she created
June 2002 with a group of French researchers and the support of some
academics and scientists. She benefits from the support of the Laboratoire
Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP), Paris I-CNRS, of which she is an associate
member. The European Institute of Cultural Routes and the Tallandier
were founding members.
Denise Péricard-Mea, in charge of Research :
- 1982 Pilgrimage on horseback from Bourges to Compostela ;
President, Louis Mollaret :
WHY THE NAME DAVID PAROU ?
Pilgrim of St James, sensitive and curious about everything, David was conscious
of the importance of quality research serving cultural and
tourist development. In June 2000, he was one of the organisers of the
first national meeting of compostelan research, bringing together
professional and associate researchers.
David called his field "Field of the Pilgrims"; he died before the grapes could be harvested.
The Foundation bears his name through the ambition to continue his work.
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