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Visions and Voyages; The Story of Our Celtic Heritage

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The pagan Celts told of supernatural voyages to islands of joy. As the Roman Empire crumbled around them, Celtic Christians threw themselves passionately into such a quest. Pilgrimage was not to shrines of the past, but a voyage into the future. Yet their spirituality was essentially concerned with politics and people. Brigid ruled a monastery for women and men, princesses and slaves, while Arthur was defending Celtic Britain against English invaders - and antagonizing the Church. Columban was deported from ...
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Overview

The pagan Celts told of supernatural voyages to islands of joy. As the Roman Empire crumbled around them, Celtic Christians threw themselves passionately into such a quest. Pilgrimage was not to shrines of the past, but a voyage into the future. Yet their spirituality was essentially concerned with politics and people. Brigid ruled a monastery for women and men, princesses and slaves, while Arthur was defending Celtic Britain against English invaders - and antagonizing the Church. Columban was deported from Burgundy; Aidan died protesting against his king. Some did slam the monastery gates on the sinful world. More tramped into the hills, staff in hand, to stand alongside ordinary people. Using history, and a thoughtful examination of legends, Fay Sampson weaves these strands like Celtic knotwork into a continuous story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780281051632
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 4.97 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Chronology
Map: Great Britain
Map: Ireland
Warning 1
1 Celts 4
2 Romans 12
3 Martyrs 19
4 Independence 26
5 Missionaries 33
6 Arthur 43
7 Women 51
8 Monasteries 59
9 Pilgrimage 74
10 Iona 83
11 Europe 96
12 Lindisfarne 109
13 Conflict 121
14 Whitby 134
15 Imagination 150
16 Vision 160
Further Reading 163
Index 165
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