I presumed it was lost forever; however, a reader (Simon) has kindly emailed me an update with some very good news:
Police in northern Spain have recovered one of the country’s great cultural treasures – a 12th-Century religious manuscript stolen a year ago.
The Codex Calixtinus was found in a garage near Santiago de Compostela and four people were arrested over the theft from the city’s cathedral.
The richly decorated book is considered the first guide for those following the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago.
Police arrested a technician who worked at the cathedral and three relatives.
I must say this has cheered me up.