Photo (above): The Lanselebourg Pass, where Seripando crossed from Italy to France in September 1540.
Seripando's itinerary, 1539 - 1542.
Seripando’s thirty-month horseback journey departed Rome on 18th November 1539.
He visited some houses of six of the Italian Augustinian Provinces: Rome, Siena, and Pisa, the Marshes of Ancona, Romanga and Venice.
Crossing the Alps by Susa - Monte Cenisio - Lanslebourg, the party reached Lyon on 25th September and Paris on 27th October.
Thence to Orleans, Amboise, Tours, Poitiers, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Narbonne. He reached on 12th February 1541, and visited the Augustinian houses at Barcelona, Lerida, Zaragoza and Valencia (four houses).
In the kingdom of Valencia, he went to Murcia, Granada, Cordova, Seville and Badajoz.
Crossing into Portugal, he inspected houses at Evora, Montemor-o-Novo and Lisbon.
Back in Spain, he went to Toledo, Madrid, Salamanca, Medina del Campo, Valladolid and Duenas.
Finally in Spain he visited Burgos, Haro, Estella and Pamplona. Crossing the Pyrenees to return to France, he visited some of the houses in the Augustinian Province of Aquitane, and then in January 1542 Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon and other Augustinian houses in Provence.
On 10th-12th February he crossed the Alps between France and Italy via Briancon - Mont Generve – Susa, and then visited Italian houses in Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia and Tuscany. He reached Rome on 3rd April 1542.
He then regarded his herculian journeying as only the beginning of the challenge that confronted him. Now that he knew much of the problem at first hand, he proceeded to take cogent steps to remedy it.
Steps that he initiated are know to historians because of his efficiency at administration and record-keeping.
His exemplary insistence and supervision of his excellent secretaries probably stands unequalled in the long history of the Order.
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