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St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation

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The cult of St David has been an enduring symbol of Welsh identity across more than a millennium. This volume, published to commemorate the fourteenth centenary of the death of the saint, traces the evidence for the cult of St David through archaeological, historical, hagiographical, liturgical, and toponymic evidence, and considers the role of the cult and church of St David in the history of Welsh society, politics, and landscape. The collection includes a new edition and translation of the Life of St David by Rhygyfarch, based on the text in British Library Ms. Cotton Vespasian A.xiv, as well as new evidence concerning the relics of the saint enshrined in St Davids Cathedral.

J. WYN EVANS is the Dean of St Davids Cathedral. JONATHAN M. WOODING is Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies at University of Wales Lampeter.

Contributors: JULIA BARROW, JANE CARTWRIGHT, FRED COWLEY, JOHN REUBEN DAVIES, OWAIN TUDOR EDWARDS, J. WYN EVANS, G.R. ISAAC, DANIEL HUWS, DAVID HOWLETT, T.F.G. HIGHAM, HEATHER JAMES, JOHN MORGAN-GUY, L.D.M NOKES, HUW PRYCE, C. BRONK RAMSEY, MARK REDKNAP, RICHARD SHARPE, BERNARD TANGUY, +GLANMOR WILLIAMS, JONATHAN M. WOODING, W.N. YATES.

Reviews

St David of Wales is among those rare books that one can call epoch-making: it is a médaille d'or contribution to the history of Welsh Christianity. Seldom does one read an account of Wales's past as rich, substantial, comprehensive and satisfying as this one. [...] For decades to come, St David of Wales will be the first call for anyone seeking information on St David's life and cult, and on the history of the cathedral and diocese that bear his name. WELSH JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY
This is a collection of essays which is likely to have a long-term impact on Welsh ecclesiastical history. [...] A very useful and timely collection of essays which will do much to promote and stimulate debate of Welsh ecclesiastical history. WELSH HISTORY REVIEW
A fine volume of essays. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
A significant landmark for those studying both Welsh history and hagiography in general. [...] There is certainly a wealth of information and detailed research here.and there is an excellent bibliography for those wishing to go further. H-NET REVIEW, July 2008

Details

First Published: 15 Nov 2007
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843833222
Pages: 408
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
Series: Studies in Celtic History
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 31 Oct 2014

Contents

  • 1  The figure of David
  • 2  Transition and survival: St Davids and St Davids Cathedral
  • 3  The geography of the cult of St David: a study of dedication patterns in the medieval diocese
  • 4  St Davids adn a new link with the Hiberno-Norse world
  • 5  Which text is Rhygyfarch's Life of St David?
  • 6  Rhygyfarch's Life of St David
  • 7  Some observations on the `Nero', `Digby', and `Vespian' recensions of Vita S. David
  • 8  Armes Prydain Fawr and St David
  • 9  The cult of St Non: rape, sanctity and motherhood in Welsh and Breton hagiography
  • 10  The cults of SS. Nonne and Divi in Brittany
  • 11  St David in the liturgy: a review of sources
  • 12  The office of St David in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, ms. lat. 17294
  • 13  A triad of texts about St David
  • 14  The relics of St David: the historical evidence
  • 15  AMS radiocarbon dating of bones from St Davids cathedral
  • 16  Shrine and counter-shrine in 1920s and 1930s Dewisland?
  • 17  The archbishoprics of St Davids and the bishops of Clas Cynidr
  • 18  The dynasty of Deheubarth and the church of St Davids
  • 19  The statutes of St Davids Cathedral 1224-1259
  • 20  The crisis of the sixteenth century
  • 21  The diocese of St Davids in the early nineteenth century: a reappraisal