Celtic Sites and Their Saints : A Guidebook

Celtic Sites and Their Saints : A Guidebook

Description

Most biographies of the Celtic saints are filled with legends and were written centuries after they lived. But the places where they lived and worked, generally in the more remote parts of their home or adopted countries can still be visited. Their chapels and huts are often placed in beautiful landscapes: sheltered valleys, sacred springs, peaceful lakeshores, sea caves, headlands and offshore islands. Archaeology, the study of sites and place-names, inscribed stones, and early texts can bring us closer to how these men and women lived and to the unique ideals they held. Elizabeth Rees, using this archaeological and literary evidence, has produced a guidebook to major sites in the British Isles where the Celtic saints lived and worked: Brigid and Patrick in Ireland, David in Wales, Columba in Scotland, and Aidan in Northumbria are among those who have left monasteries and hermitages, chapels and holy wells dedicated to them. The 250 sites examined here are listed alphabetically by area, with some fifty described in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and the rest of Britain.
Accurate descriptions are given, with a history of each site, directions how to find it, and, where relevant, useful directions such as sailing times or where to find the key. A final section gives an outline of the lives of the saints with whom these places are associated.


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Details

Author(s)
Elizabeth Rees
Format
Paperback | 270 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 14mm | 268g
Publication date
01 Nov 2003
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
1, black & white illustrations
ISBN10
0860123189
ISBN13
9780860123187
Bestsellers rank
1,088,004