A perfect blend of erudition and the adventuring spirit.
May 29, 1525. A pilgrim is murdered not long before he reaches the city of Burgos. This is just one of a series of strange deaths occurring along the French Way of Saint James. The Archbishop of Santiago asks Fernando de Rojas to investigate the case.
The celebrated investigator will have to follow the Camino de Santiago on the trail of criminals, and for this, he will rely on the aid of Elías do Cebreiro, a priest and archivist from the cathedral in Santiago. On the way, he will face all sorts of challenges and dangers, will enter strange and mysterious places, and will meet many voyagers, each with a secret.
Thanks to his great care with the historical setting, this novel shows a never-before-seen side of the Way of Saint James in a period of turbulence when the pilgrimage is being endangered by the bitter attacks of Luther, false pilgrims taking advantage of it, and rivalries between those who are trying to control it and make a profit from it.
The Manuscript of Clay is not only a novel of historical intrigue full of adventures, conflicts, and surprises. It is also a journey in search of truth and personal transformation and a story of friendship forged in the hardships and difficulties of the Camino. Here the author takes a step forward on the trail begin with The Manuscript of Iron, which had immense success among the public and critics alike.