Tracy Saunders received her Compostela after more than 800 klms walk and a few more on top of that since then. She is a Cognitive Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist and Educational Consultant with Master's degrees in Philosophy, Applied Linguistics, and Psychology. Early church history fascinates her - the more scandalous the better! Born in Wroughton, Wiltshire, and after 23 years living in Canada, she now calls Spain her home.
Most literature on Catharism assumes either that it sprang up by itself in the Languedoc or was the result of seeds of Bogomilism. But were the Cathars an offshoot of the Bogomils or was their Gnostic faith more home grown? In Priscillian, The Cathars and Me, Tracy Saunders looks at the possibility that Priscillianism migrated to the Pyrenees after it supposedly “vanished” in northern Spain.
We are a part of nature yet all too often we consider ourselves apart from it; we put at arm’s length a problem in which we forget to include ourselves. We are caught up in a paradox and to extricate ourselves from it we must redefine our centrality by appealing to our sense of kinship. Being and Paradox does this by making the centre of our environmental ethics not “duty” but Care.
When the ancient tribe of the Iberi parted company at the mouth of the Danube,one group moved into Europe while the other went south to Egypt. Generations later they were to reunite in northern Spain. Celtic Influences in the North of Spain suggests that these were the forerunners of the Irish and Scottish Celts. How did their pagan legacy lead a Gnostic bishop, Priscillian of Avila, to his death?