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Welsh Saints: A Study in Patterned Lives

Welsh Saints: A Study in Patterned Lives

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Paperback / softback

£60.00

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9780859916400
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 18/10/2001
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The Welsh saints have highly patterned lives - structured according to traditional expectations. In addition to the broad narrative structure which they share with their secular counterparts, the saints also share with each othera distinctive set of hagiographical motifs. Drawing on sources ranging from seventh-century Vitaeto twentieth-century fieldwork, Henken discusses the male and female biographical patterns and then presents the common themesand motifs which run through the saint's lives. This material is organized according to stages of the saints' lives and categories of their activity. The volume also includes a complete motif index and an index of traditions associated with the individual saints. ELISSA R. HENKENcurrently teaches both folklore and Celtic literaure at the University of Georgia.

Elissa R. Henken

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