Saints' Cults in the Celtic World

Saints' Cults in the Celtic World

Edited by Steve Boardman, John Reuben Davies, Eila Williamson


Boydell Press



Saints' cults flourished in the medieval world, and the phenomenon is examined here in a series of studies.
The way in which saints' cults operated across and beyond political, ethnic and linguistic boundaries in the medieval British Isles and Ireland, from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries, is the subject of this book. In a series of case studies, the contributions highlight the factors that allowed particular cults to prosper in, or that made them relevant to, a variety of cultural contexts. The collection has a particular emphasis on northern Britain, and the role of devotional interests in connecting or shaping a number of polities and cultural identities (Pictish, Scottish, Northumbrian, Irish, Welsh and English) in a world of fluid political and territorial boundaries. Although the bulk of the studies are concerned with the significance of cults in the insular context, many of the articles also touch on the development of pan-European devotions (such as the cults of St Brendan, The Three Kings or St George).

Contributors: James E. Fraser, Thomas Owen Clancy, Fiona Edmonds, John Reuben Davies, Karen Jankulak, Sally Crumplin, Joanna Huntington, Steve Boardman, Eila Williamson, Jonathan Wooding


234 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Celtic History
Hardback, 9781843834328, February 2009
Paperback, 9781843838456, August 2013
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS018000
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Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Rochester, Hexham and Cennrígmonaid: the movements of St Andrew in Britain 604-747 - James E. Fraser
The cults of Saints Patrick and Palladius in early medieval Scotland - Thomas O Clancy
Personal names and the cult of Patrick in eleventh-century Strathclyde and Northumbria - Fiona Edmonds
Bishop Kentigern among the Britons - John Reuben Davies
Adjacent saints' dedications and early Celtic History - Karen Jankulak
Cuthbert the cross-border saint in the twelfth century - Sally Crumplin
David of Scotland: Virum tam necessarium mundo - Joanna Huntington
The cult of Saint George in Scotland - Steven Boardman
The cult of the Three Kings of Cologne in Scotland - Eila Williamson
The medieval and early modern cult of St Brendan - Jonathan M Wooding


A diverse and challenging set of essays. Collectively, they illuminate little-known cults across the geographical area known as the Celtic world, contribute to existing debates about more renowned saints, show how hagiography can be combined with other types of evidence to reveal successive stages of devotion, and place the Celtic world firmly in the context of wider European movements. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
Offers something for everyone, from the specialist in Irish naming practices to the student interested in connections between the continent and the Celtic world. (It) offers many interesting insights into the Celtic world in the central middle ages. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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