Those of us who have long admired both Walter Starkie and his writing will welcome this delightful reprint with gratitude. This time it is not the gypsies who claim his attention, but the great medieval pilgrim routes leading from southern France to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Written in the great tradition of travel books that delve deeply into history, like Norman Douglas’ Old Calabria, Doughty’s Travels through Arabia Deserta, and Rebecca West’s The Bloch Lamb and the Gray Falcon, this book seems likely to become a classic. In it we see the author starting his journey in Arles, as all the best pilgrims should, and traveling through southern France by way of St. Gilles, Carcassone, and Toulouse, cities still redolent with memories of the Albigensian tragedy. Then he climbs through the Pyrenean passes into Spain and proceeds by way of Jaca, Pamplona, Najera, Burgos, Sahagún, León, and Astorga, with a side trip to Oviedo and Asturias, until he finally reaches the holy shrine of St. James in Galicia. Along this route his pages provide us with a mine of historical information and insights. We come to understand the nature of Languedoc and the particular regional traditions and loyalties of the Aragonese, Basques, Castilians, Leonese, Asturians, and Galicians. Spain rightly appears less as a nation than a diffuse and still undigested series of regions, and we gain an appreciation of the rich traditions that nourish not only the civilization of Spain but also all of Spanish America. All who prize Spanish civilization should not fail to ponder the contents of this volume.