By David Downie
Part event tale, half cultural background the writer of Paris, Paris: trip into the town of sunshine explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage alongside the age-old method of Saint James in France
Driven through interest, wanderlust, and overall healthiness crises David Downie and his spouse set out from Paris to stroll throughout France to the Pyrenees. beginning at the Rue Saint-Jacques then hiking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric course takes seventy two days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old community of trails resulting in the sanctuary of Saint James the larger. it's best referred to as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for brief. the item of any pilgrimage is an inward trip manifested in a protracted, reflective stroll. For Downie, the inward trip met the outer one: a mix of self-discovery and actual regeneration. greater than 200,000 pilgrims take the hugely commercialized Spanish path every year, yet few go France. Downie had a aim: to head from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his personal maverick manner. 32 pages of colour images by means of Alison Harris. 32 pages of colour pictures
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Some ofﬁcials in the royal ﬁscal machine—he singled out the receveurs généraux —should be appointed on commission so that they could be removed or transferred if they were suspected of wrongdoing. Once more, the theme was that of the ⁴⁵ BN MS Fr 3950 fo. 170v . , fo. 173. ⁴⁸ Ibid. , fo. 172. 26 Defeat and Reformation progressive nurturing of the virtues of ﬁdelity, honesty, and diligence. Little by little, the Augean stables of royal service were to be sanitized. Monetary inﬂation had begun to have a serious impact in France and there was already a debate among its notables as to its underlying causes and the possible solutions one might adopt.
How and when the ‘physic’ necessary to achieve such health was to be administered remained, as we shall see, a matter of debate. It is possible that the Assembly of Notables held at Compiègne in the autumn of 1573 was one of the consequences of Anjou’s memorandum. ⁶⁰ In reality, such efforts were submerged by the negotiations for Anjou’s departure, by the growing evidence of the king’s ill health, and above all by the discovery of a major conspiracy in February 1574. ⁶¹ It would be easy, but misguided, to regard the duke of Anjou’s memorandum as a ‘blueprint’ for his reign when he returned from his hundred-day reign in Poland to the throne of France after his brother’s death at Pentecost, 30 May 1574.
He had seen various ordinances on the subject over recent years ‘mais elles nont jamais dure six moys’. ⁴⁹ For good measure, he reminded the king that the fundamental process by which ordinary people could present grievances to the king and receive redress had fallen into desuetude. The maîtres des requêtes no longer went into the provinces to receive complaints and report them to the council. The discipline of receiving petitions and responding to them was another element in Anjou’s proposed reform.