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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Holy Wells of Wales, The
Francis Jones
ISBN: 9780708311455 (0708311458)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Chwefror 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 232 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Ystyrir Adargraffu Ein Pris: £11.95   
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Arolwg o arwyddocâd crefyddol ffynhonnau yng Nghymru gan gynnwys rhestr o ffynhonnau gyda gwybodaeth am eu lleoliad, eu cysylltiadau a'u priodoleddau iachusol. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf ym 1954, ac mewn clawr papur ym 1992.

An examination of the religious significance of wells in Wales which includes an inventory of individual wells with information on their locations, associations and healing properties. First published in 1954, and 1992 in paperback.
It seems that notorious nihilist Philip Larkin held one concession to religion. 'If I were called in to construct a religion,' he wrote in a poem from his 1964 collection The Whitsun Weddings, 'I should make use of water.' He might have had some sympathy then with Francis Jones’s manifest devotion to this most basic of elements in his seminal text, The Holy Wells of Wales, originally printed in 1954 and reprinted in paperback this year, 2003, by the University of Wales Press.

The well cult in Wales is part of the veneration of water that in fact characterised many early religious observances. This book divides into two parts; the first tracing the development, essential features and eventual decay of the well cult in Wales, and the second a gazetteer of individual wells referenced by county. Jones displays a decorous humility in the presentation of his obviously vast knowledge, referring to the information presented as merely, ‘the present state of our knowledge’.

It was the researches of a clergyman in the late nineteenth century that showed that the study of holy wells threw light on the spiritual development of the people and bygone ways of life. Almost simultaneously, new methods of scientific analysis were becoming general, showing that chalybeate wells, by way of example, were curative because of the content of their water and not for any saintly intervention. And herein lies the importance of the well cult for Jones – not just in its great antiquity but in its survival to modern days and the tenacity of its grip on the popular imagination.

Catholic and even pagan beliefs related to wells continued beyond the reformation into the nineteenth century. This should be no surprise, for we learn that shortly before 1529, Henry VIII visited the well of Our Lady of Walsingham, walking the last two miles in his bare feet. It is the archivist’s attention to detail in such historical anecdote scattered throughout, which lends this book a fascination and authority that has not been surpassed in fifty years.

Rowan O'Neill

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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