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A History of Christianity in Wales

A survey of Welsh Christianity from its origins in Roman Britain to the present.

Christianity has played an enormous role in the history of Wales and in the defining and shaping of Welsh identity over the past two thousand years. Biblical place names, an urban and rural landscape littered with churches, chapels, crosses, and sacred sites, a bardic and literary tradition deeply imbued with Christian themes in both the Welsh and English languages, and the songs sung by tens of thousands of rugby fans all hint at a Christian presence that was once universal. Yet for many people in contemporary Wales, the story of the development of Christianity in the country remains little known.

Aimed at the general reader, this is the first single-volume history of Welsh Christianity from its origins in Roman Britain to the present. Drawing on the expertise of four leading historians of the Welsh Christian tradition, it offers a succinct, clear, and accessible account of the development of Christianity in Wales in its Catholic, Protestant, and Nonconformist forms and will be the perfect introduction to the subject.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
Rowan Williams
Preface
David Ceri Jones
Chapter 1. Roman Beginnings, c.AD 1–c.AD 400
Barry J. Lewis
Chapter 2. The Age of Conversion, c.400-c.600
Barry J. Lewis
Chapter 3. The Definition of Christian Wales, c.600-c.800
Barry J. Lewis
Chapter 4. Vikings to Normans, c.800-c.1070
Barry J. Lewis
Chapter 5. The Age of Definition and Hierarchy, c.1066-c.1200
Madeleine Gray
Chapter 6. Conquest and Apocalypse, c.1200-c.1420
Madeleine Gray
Chapter 7. Y Ganrif Aur: Christianity in Late Medieval Wales, c.1420-c.1530
Madeleine Gray
Chapter 8. Reformation Wales, 1530-1603
David Ceri Jones
Chapter 9. Securing a Protestant Wales, 1603-1760
David Ceri Jones
Chapter 10. Building a Nonconformist nation, 1760-1890
D. Densil Morgan
Chapter 11. Adapting to a Secular Wales, 1890-2020
D. Densil Morgan & David Ceri Jones
A Guide to Further Reading
Index







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