Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Saints Cult's in the Celtic World

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Saints Cult's in the Celtic World

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Cults' in the Celtic World, ed. Steve Boardman,John Reuben Davies, and Fila Williamson, Studies in Celtic History XXV (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2009). xiv + 21 8 pp.; 2 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-84383-432-8. £50.00. This collection of ten essays explores the flourishing of saints' cults from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries in medieval Britain and Ireland. The volume finds its origins in sessions held at Leeds in 2006. Essays address the ways that cults crossed political, ethnic, and linguistic boundaries, and their relevance within very diverse cultural contexts. Particular attention is paid to the role of cults in shaping political and cultural identity in northern Britain, as well as to pan- European cults. The editors highlight the themes of Anglo-Scottish interaction, the influence of historical and hagiographical writing on modern understanding of saints' cults, and the special receptiveness of late medieval Scodand to cults. …

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