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Celtic Saints: Passionate Wanderers

by Elizabeth Rees

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This is a look at the sites where early Christians have left their mark. Whether it is a place name; artefacts or just a legend the footprint of these people is still visible in the landscape. Interesting if you are travelling in the British Isles (or Brittany) and want to know where some of these sites are and to see the sphere of influence that these man and women had, whether through their own travels or followers naming sites.

It seems very repetitive which I suppose is a result of the subject and the sources. There is a similarity in many stories, each saint's life was written down years later by medieval biographers and certain elements were expected.

If you want to know where to go to find the traces this is a book worth reading. If you want to find out more about what is known about the real lives, well a lot has disappeared, legends have built up and finding the truth is unlikely. It would also have been nice to have some photos. There are some maps, simple line drawings and a reasonable bibliography though. ( )
1 vote calm | Jul 11, 2010 |
Another core text.
  JuliaF | Jun 15, 2009 |
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Throughout the Celtic world, in Britain, Ireland and France, the legacy of the Celtic saints remains visible. Churches, place-names, standing stones, healing springs and local lore stand as testament to those who helped establish the Christian Church in their native lands.

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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.… (more)

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