Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults
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Publisher: University of Wales Press
Number of Pages: 339
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 22 cm
Celtic Hagiography and Saints Cults is an exploration of sanctity and the cult of saints in the Celtic-speaking regions of Europe. It is a multidisciplinary collection which brings together some of the most recent research on Celtic hagiography and saints' cults by a selection of leading international scholars in the field. In addition to surveying the topic and discussing the most prominent Celtic saints, there are also articles on such subjects as regional saints (Melangell, Moluag, Gerardine), the Celtic lives of Mary Magdalene and Martha, and on connections between the treatment of saints in the different Celtic regions. Celtic Hagiography draws on an extensive range of different sources in order to not only present a representative sample of case studies from all the Celtic regions but also to make the most recent research into Celtic saints' cults available to a wider audience. The volume thus provides the opportunity to investigate similarities, as well as differences, between the different Celtic societies, the development of Christianity in the Celtic regions and the production of hagiographies and religious literature.
" ... informative and stimulating." Orthodox News " ... a lively read ... an exceptionally informative and well-researched collection of essays, thoroughly to be recommended." Planet "...Throughout the writing is lively and highly readable; each of the fifteen studies, as well as the editor's excellently clear introduction help to make up a fascinating and informative whole." Studia Celtica 'The Editor is to be congratulated on assembling a varied and interesting collection of papers that adds significantly to our understanding of devotion to saints in the Celtic countries and hence also has much to offer those interested in hagiography and saints' cults more generally. The consolidated list of works cited...further enhances the volume's utility.' Archaeologia Cambrensis "This book provides an invaluable insight into the world of Celtic hagiography, but is most remarkable in its tightly packed information in a highly readable form." Michael Collins, Recensioni