What is Ultreia?
Ultreia has been designed as a universally accessible centre and is tailored to meet the needs of all users. The centre showcases the historical period of the Middle Ages in the general context of the Way of St James and particularly that of Navarre.
The minstrel Arnaut Guillén de Ursúa, also known as the blind citole and vielle player, serves as its narrator, particularly in section 5. He was a minstrel who served Charles III the Noble from 1412 to 1421. He recounts the experience of a mediaeval pilgrim as he makes his way over the Pyrenees to Pamplona and over the other stages in Navarre.
Mention is also made of Charles III in several of the sections given that, as a prince, he too made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Consequently, the contents of the centre are contextualised in mediaeval times, focusing on the reign of Charles, the unifier of the city of Pamplona. In order to do this, the trades, clothes and food of the time were all studied, as were the structure of the king’s household, the characters who made up his court, the society of the day and how it was organised, the medicine and pharmacopoeia in use, the music and its relationship with the Way of St James, the function of the minstrels and the many mediaeval routes of the pilgrims’ road.