Celtic Saints of Western Britain

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With full colour illustrations throughout!

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, full colour illustrations, 178pp, RRP £17.99

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Celtic Saints of Western Britain is an exceptional exploration of the lives and deeds of many of the saints of Wales, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Included are better known saints such as David, Nectan, Michael and Piran, as well as some of the more enigmatic figures, such as Cuby, Helen, Just and Morwenna. Author and artist Nic Phillips successfully brings the saints to life – both by recounting the stories of these mystical, dramatic, humorous, and sometimes argumentative characters and through his distinctive, full-colour illustrations inspired by pilgrimages through the sacred landscape of their world.

Drawing on historical and archaeological research, as well as medieval hagiographies, place names and folk remembrances the reader is invited to explore the saints within the Celtic landscape they inhabited. They travelled widely, and their lives were often tangled in a complex web of family connections, teachers and acquaintances. We find the Irish saints Brigid and Patrick celebrated in the south-west of England, alongside biblical figures such as the archangel Michael; and Joseph of Arimathea, who according to local legend, founded Britain’s first church at Glastonbury.

Occupying an imperative place in the Celtic world, the lives of the saints were filled with miracle and magic, sacrifice and compassion. Nic Phillips clearly demonstrates their enduring power as teachers, through the humanity and virtue they embody.

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nic-phillips-3ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   

Nic Phillips is an English artist and writer with a degree in History and Archaeology from Cardiff University.  He spent 12 years in Wales, before moving to Glastonbury, Somerset, to work at one of his most cherished heritage destinations, Glastonbury Abbey. Nic began exploring the landscape of the West Country from a young age with regular holidays in Cornwall which would eventually inspire some of the paintings herein and the book which followed. After illustrating two tarot decks with Kim Huggens exploring the Divine Masculine and Feminine, entitled Sol Invictus and Pistis Sophia, Nic developed his art on a larger scale.  He launched Nic Phillips Sacred Art and studying and creating Eastern inspired icons, alongside depictions of the Goddess, as well as numerous saints, in a distinctive modern style.

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Sorita d’Este (Avalonia) and Nic Phillips (Author & Artist) at the launch of this important work which was held at the Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset.

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Paperback, full colour illustrations, 178pp, RRP £17.99

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Table of Contents:

FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION

THE CHILDREN OF BRYCHAN IN CORNWALL
THE IRISH MISSION
CORNWALL’S PATRON SAINT – PIRAN, PETROC, OR MICHAEL?
GLASTONBURY – AN ACCUMULATION OF SAINTS
A DUMNONIAN FAMILY OF SAINTS
SOUTH WALES: GREAT SCHOOL OF THE SAINTS
A MISCELLANY OF SAINTS

FEAST DAYS OF THE SAINTS
THE DESCENDANTS OF CONSTANTINE GORNEU

BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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From the Introduction:

It is said that Cornwall is a county where one cannot take a step without tripping over one saint or another. Of the counties of the South-west, and even of Britain as a whole, Cornwall has by far the highest number of local patrons and churches with peculiar namesakes, often with little but the name remaining to tell us about these men and women who made their mark on Celtic Britain. Some, like Piran and Petroc, were more famed than others, and intricately bound into the folklore and customs of the South-west. Others leave only a name. Some, the reader may be surprised to find in Cornwall and the other counties of the South-west as their primary associations lie elsewhere. Saints such as Patrick and Brigid from Ireland, and David and Non from Wales; find their way into the legends and place names of this part of the country, as do the biblical figures of Joseph of Arimathea, and the Archangel Michael.

Many of these ‘holy ones’ set out from their native lands in search of seclusion rather than as missionaries, in the modern sense. The legends of many South-westerly saints begin in Wales and Ireland, from where the holy heroes travelled. Some were born of saintly parentage, more or less guaranteeing their path in life, and the persecution that went with it! As with the medieval preoccupation with the ancestry of the gentry, many attempts have been made over the centuries to record the lineage of the Saints.  Many stem from great saintly families in Wales, giving them not only greater spiritual validity but also greater claims over territory for their churches and monastic houses. Wales, in comparison to the South-west, although also having many lone cult sites, has a much greater history of monasticism and evangelisation. The cult centres of St. David’s, Llantwit Major, and Llancarfan, amongst others, were important wellsprings of education and critical in the formation of the monasticism of the Middle Ages.

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Paperback ISBN: 978-1905297870
Hardback ISBN: 978-1905297887
Page count: 178 pages
Full colour illustrations throughout by the author.

Also available as an eBook through Amazon Kindle.

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