The Saints of Cornwall


Author: Nicholas Orme

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019154289X

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3847

Cornwall is unique among English counties, though similar to other Celtic lands, in its religious history. Its churches, chapels, and place-names commemorated not only the major saints of Christendom, but also many minor 'Celtic' ones, unique to single churches. This book breaks new ground by considering them all, comprehensively and in detail. The introduction explains how the cults came into existence, and how they shed light on early Christianity in the county. It follows their history up to the Reformation, and shows how popular devotion to the saints lingered even in the eighteenth century. The main part of the book provides a history of every known religious cult in Cornwall from the sixth century AD to the Reformation, with relevant information about its later history down to the present day. Every known site is identified (church, chapel, altar, image, holy well, or other outdoor feature), and every written source is discussed (saint's Life, liturgical commemoration, and calendar festival). This is the first time that a complete inventory of cults has been produced for an area as large as an English county. The work also includes many saints venerated in Brittany, Wales and England, and makes copious references to all three countries. It provides a major resource in the fields of medieval Church history, Reformation studies, folklore, and Celtic studies, as well as the history of Cornwall.

The Lives of the British Saints

The Saints of Wales and Cornwall and Such Irish Saints as Have Dedications in Britain. Faustus to Gynaid. Part five


Author: Sabine Baring-Gould,John Fisher

Publisher: N.A


Category: Christian saints

Page: 251

View: 1185

The Medieval Cult of St Petroc


Author: Karen Jankulak

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157771

Category: History

Page: 263

View: 6386

The saint's cult casts light on relations between Cornwall and Brittany - and Henry II's empire - in the 12th century.

The Age of the Saints

A Monograph of Early Christianity in Cornwall, with the Legends of the Cornish Saints and an Introd. Illustrative of the Ethnology of the District


Author: William Copeland Borlase

Publisher: N.A


Category: Christian antiquities

Page: 208

View: 6266

Butler's Lives of the Saints: August


Author: Alban Butler,Paul Burns

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780860122579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1400

For more than two centuries, "Butler's" has been one of the best known, most widely consulted hagiographies. In its brief and authoritative entries, readers can find a wealth of knowledge on the lives and deeds of the saints, as well as their ecclesiastical and historical importance since canonization.

English Church Dedications

With a Survey of Cornwall and Devon


Author: Nicholas Orme

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 9780859895163

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 1542

People assume that parish church dedications are ancient, but many of those in use today are inventions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the original dedications were entirely different. This startling discovery reveals fresh information about the history of English parish churches and throws light on religion in England in all periods of history. Part One of English Church Dedications is a general history of Church dedications in England from Roman times to the present day. Part Two provides a gazetteer of dedications in Cornwall and Devon, with dates and references, showing how far each one can be traced back and what changes and misunderstandings have occurred. It offers totally new evidence about the Cornish saints and provides a guide and model for similar research in other counties.