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1830 edition. Excerpt: ...Gallicia. He builds churches to the
saint, from gratitude and devotion; and a long chapter is employed
in describing his visit to the city of Saint James in Spain. It is
obvious that the subjection of the mussulmen in Spain, and the
recom Vol. IV. S B-O O K mendation of Saint James's church, city,
and relics there, and the VI. celebrity given to Charlemagne for
having exerted himself on these objects, -are the main topics and
the manifest drift of the work, and were the motives that induced
the author to compose it. But how was Pope Calixtus connected with
these points more than any other pope, or than any other
individual? Le BeuPs idea at first seemed more natural, that a
Spanish canon, to exalt his own order and country, was the author;
and yet Calixtus, who reigned in St. Peter's chair scarcely six
years, from 1119 to 1124, was declared to have pronounced this book
to be authentic. Both the Belgic chronicle and Rolvinck mentioned
that this pope had composed a book on the miracles of St. James.
Was thisso? Here was the first point of inquiry, and my researches
into it removed all doubt of this fact. Trithemius, in his Script,
p. 270, mentions that he wrote such a book; and again, in his
Chron. p- ill. adding that he composed it ' when he was yet a
scholar, as he confesses in it.' The same work is also ascribed to
him by Paulus Langf. Mon. p. 785, referring to Vincentius. But the
most satisfactory evidence of this to my mind, was the language of
cardinal Baronius, the most orthodox historian and zealous
supporter of the papal see. He says, ' Fuit plane studiosissimus
S"' Jacobi Compostellani et de ejui miraculis volumeri confecit, '
from which he adds, ' Vincentius inserted some things in his
Speculum Historiale.' V. 12. p. 145. That this...
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