Celtic Christianity in Early Medieval Wales

The Origins of the Welsh Spiritual Tradition

Author(s) Oliver Davies

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

  • November 1996 · 193 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9780708312872

About The Book

A study of sources from early medieval Wales, which offers new and exciting insights into the phenomenon of Celtic Christianity. This work examines the concept of Celtic Christianity and traces common Celtic features in early Welsh religious literature, including poetry, prose and hagiography. It adds significantly to our understanding of Celtic Christianity, and of those early Welsh texts, while making many of the latter available in English for the first time.


'Quite simply, a remarkable piece of writing and scholarship, quite the best book by a British theologian I have read this year ... a brilliant achievement ... Davies writes with passion and verve ... I hope it is read widely, and studied carefully ... warmly recommended.' Reviews in Religion and Theology ' ... a welcome introduction to a difficult but rewarding subject ... a stimulating and attractive book, which will do much to encourage study a early Welsh Christianity.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History ' ... the best and most thorough exploration of the spirituality of early medieval Wales to date ... the real treasure, finally managing to put some theological depth into the histroical and literary surveys of Welsh Christianity in its earliest centuries.' Planet 'Epoch making...A book which alters our whole picture of the Welsh element in Celtic Christianity...written with an enthusiasm which communicates itself to the reader.' Church Times

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Oliver Davies

Oliver Davies is Professor of Christian Doctrine and Head of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King's College London.

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