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Lo itinerario de andare in Hyerusalem
by Pier Giorgio Longo

Ponzano Monferrato (AL) 2007
ISBN 978-88-89081-06-8
pp. 237, € 20,00

PublicationsThe text: Lo Itinerario de andare in Hyerusalem is taken from Manuscript G 10 preserved at the Seminary of Casale Monferrato (AL). The anonymous manuscript, published by Pier Giorgio Longo, is an account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that took place in 1469. It is the diary of a journey written in a far-off period, surprising for the modern approach with which it addresses the readers, involving them and inducing them to take part in first person in the sacred mysteries -“sacri misteri” and become protagonists of the entire pilgrimage.
Tender or tragic, the scenes that unfold and the sentiments expressed make this anonymous ”Itinerary” to Jerusalem in 1469 a re-visit of the “mysteries”, with the immediate ingenuity of one who believes only in its necessity and in his capacity to react, to be moved and to be consoled.
The text brings out how many times the travellers risked death or thought they were about to die. So they slept like hares with their eyes open (“como lepore con li ogii aperti”); they were afraid of the “saraxini”, judged “perfidi” and “cani” (perfidious and dogs); they feared their own travel companions and the sailors, not very Christian, of the galley. Then, there were storms that arrived one after the other like the wrath of God (“l’ira di Dio). Perhaps, they thought, it was because the pilgrims had not heard Mass on Sunday, as the owner of the ship was inflexible in not allowing them to get off to celebrate it.  In the end, almost at the destination of the journey, with Venice not yet in sight, the ropes of the main mast broke and the sails were torn. They had to enter into friendly territory, near the castles of the lagoon city to find tranquillity: they made their last visits to the church of S. Elena, took up their haversacks and finished in this way with that weight on their backs the “meritoria peregrinatione”.

Of the great turmoil, the terrible and marvellous situations, the strong emotion and distress, there remained that adjective "meritorio" - meritorious, for a journey that was not only a transmigration, but a passagium across the seas, towards somewhere else.
 

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