Celtic Christianity : Making Myths and Chasing Dreams
The current fascination with Celtic Christianity is the latest manifestation of a lingering love affair stretching back over the last 1300 years. This book explores how the native Christian communities of the British Isles from the fifth to the tenth centuries have been idealised and appropriated by succeeding generations who have projected their own preconceptions and prejudices on to a perceived 'golden age' of Celtic Christianity. It provides a fascinating study of the making of myths and the chasing of dreams. Key Features * First ever comprehensive and chronological survey of the development of the concept of 'Celtic Christianity' * Important new insights into the religious, cultural and intellectual history of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England * Rich collection of sources with illustrations throughout the text
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 137.2 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
- 01 Mar 1999
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Table of contents
For all the saints who from their labours rest - the first wave of interest in Celtic Christianity c. 664-800; and win, win them, the victor's crown of gold - the appeal and appropriation of Celtic Christianity between 1070 and 1220; and when the strife is fierce, the warfare long - nationalism and denominationalism, 1250-1850; O blest communion, fellowship divine - Celtic Christian revival in the later 19th century; the golden evening brightens in the west - Romanticism and the rise of critical scholarship, 1900-1960; but lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day - the contemporary revival.
A thought-provoking work. A thought-provoking work.
About Ian Bradley
Ian Bradley is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology in the School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews.