Celtic Hagiography and Saints’ Cults

Edited by Jane Cartwright

Celtic Hagiography and Saints’ Cults

Edited by Jane Cartwright

Distributed for University of Wales Press

339 pages | 8 9/10 x 5 1/2 | © 2003
Cloth $79.95 ISBN: 9780708317501 Published January 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Celtic Hagiography and Saints’ Cults provides a detailed overview of saints’ cults in Wales, Ireland, Brittany, Scotland and Cornwall. It is a multidisciplinary collection that brings together recent research by leading scholars in the field in order to explore sanctity and the cult of saints in the Celtic-speaking regions. Among the topics discussed are the early sources for St Patrick, the development of the cult of St David, stones and shrines in Pictland, miracle stories and wonder-working in Irish tradition and the Middle Welsh Lives of Mary Magdalene and Martha. Although primarily concerned with early and medieval sources, attention is also paid to the continued importance of the cult of relics in post-Reformation Britain and the prominence of saintly figures in popular narrative and folklore in Brittany and Ireland.
       Jane Cartwright
1.    St David and St Davids: some observations on the cult, site and buildings
       J. Wyn Evans

2.    Welsh hagiography and the nationalist impulse
       Elissa R. Henken
3.    Twelfth-century Welsh hagiography: the Gogynfeirdd poems to saints
       Nerys Ann Jones and Morfydd E. Owen  
4.    The harlot and the hostess: a preliminary study of the Middle Welsh Lives of Mary Magdalene and her sister Martha
       Jane Cartwright

5.    The early chronology for St Patrick (c.351-c.428): some new ideas and possibilities
       John T. Koch

6.    Reading Muirchú’s Tara-event within its background as a biblical ‘trial of divinities’
       Thomas O’Loughlin

7.    Miracles and wonders in the composition of the Lives of early Irish saints
       Dorothy Ann Bray

8.    The Northern Lectionary: a source for the Codex Salmanticensis?
       T. M. Charles-Edwards
9.    Fasting, flesh and the body in the St Brendan dossier
       Jonathan M. Wooding

10.  The process and significance of rewriting Breton hagiography
       Bernard Merdrignac

11.  Saints behaving badly: sanctity and transgression in Breton popular culture
       Mary-Ann Constantine

12.  Magpie hagiography in twelfth-century Scotland: the case of Libellus de nativitate Sancti Cuthberti
       Thomas Owen Clancy

13.  Saints, stones and shrines: the cults of Sts Moluag and Gerardine in Pictland
       Penelope Dransart

14.  Pre-Reformation saints’ cults in Cornwall – with particular reference to the St Neot windows
       Joanna Mattingly
15.  Alba Longa in the Celtic regions? Swine, saints and Celtic hagiography
       Karen Jankulak
Works Cited
Review Quotes

“ . . . a fascinating insight into both the spiritual life of Celtic communities and current debates about the role of saints in the Celtic world.” --Gwales.com

Studia Celtica

“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

Orthodox News

“ . . . informative and stimulating.” –Orthodox News

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