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Celtic saints : passionate wanderers
Rees, Elizabeth, 1947-
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London : Thames & Hudson, 2000.
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208 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Who were the Celtic saints of Britain? Why did them embark on long pilgrimages? Where were they going and what prompted them to make such journeys? Elizabeth Rees recreates the experiences of many of the well-known and lesser known Celtic missionaries, saints, monks, nuns and martyrs, pieced together through archaeological and literary evidence. Furnished with maps of sites mentioned in the text, routes taken and drawings of artefacts and buildings.

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Celtic saints can stake a legitimate claim to any number of unique events of history. Irish saints, for example, have been credited with saving Western civilization after the fall of Rome. From Round Towers such as Glasnevin or Clonfert, they spread throughout Europe, taking along the word of God and the culture of humanity. In this work, Rees, a Catholic nun, reveals just how much Christianity owes to the men and women of Dark Age Britain, Ireland, and Brittany. Throughout, she describes the people, their times, and the threads that connect the saints to each other. One criticism: The geographical arrangement is problematic. For example, to find out about St. Deiniol, one must know the patron saint of Bangor in North Wales and consult that section; though the volume is well indexed, it indexes only the Anglicized versions of names, and Deiniol is found under Daniel. Still, this is an interesting addition to the recent literature on Celtic saints, such as Nigel Pennick's The Celtic Saints (Sterling, 2000). With its focus on archaeology and literature, it deserves a space on the shelves of academic libraries.DJohn J. Doherty, Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
Chapter 1 The Origins of Celtic Christianityp. 7
Chapter 2 Patrick and the Early Irish Churchp. 21
Chapter 3 Irish Nuns, Monks and Missionariesp. 33
Chapter 4 David and South Walesp. 48
Chapter 5 Celtic North Walesp. 63
Chapter 6 Beuno and Winifredp. 78
Chapter 7 Ninian, Kentigern and Strathclydep. 88
Chapter 8 Columba and Argyllp. 104
Chapter 9 The Pictish Churchp. 115
Chapter 10 The Southwest: Somerset and Cornwallp. 129
Chapter 11 Samson, Petroc and Eastern Cornwallp. 142
Chapter 12 The Isle of Man, by Roderick Geddesp. 155
Chapter 13 Aidan, Cuthbert and Northumbriap. 165
Chapter 14 Celtic Saints: Passionate Wanderersp. 180
Gazetteerp. 184
Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 202