Hafan Llyfrau Basged Man Talu Fy Nghyfrif Cymorth Cynigion Arbennig Cysylltu   English  
Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Christianity and the Celts
Ted Olsen
ISBN: 9780745951058 (0745951058)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Lion Publishing, Rhydychen
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 179x125 mm, 192 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn l y galw Ein Pris: £8.99   
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Llyfr poced yn cynnwys astudiaeth yn dangos ôl ymchwil trylwyr o'r modd y cofleidiodd y llwythau Celtaidd Gristnogaeth, gyda chyfeiriadau penodol at bersonoliaethau dylanwadol a lleoliadau sanctaidd arwyddocaol drwy Brydain am ugain canrif. 54 llun lliw, 5 llun du-a-gwyn a 4 map.

A thoroughly researched pocket colour illustrated study of the manner in which Celtic tribes in Britain embraced Christianity, with special references to influential personalities and significant sacred sites throughout Britain for twenty centuries. 54 colour and 5 black-and-white illustrations and 4 maps.
Christianity and the Celts is an attractive small paperback, the latest volume in the Lion History Series which aims to provide accessible introductions to key figures and periods in Christian history. From nineteenth-century watercolour renderings of Hallstatt grave excavations to details of illuminated manuscripts and photos of the Western Isles in the setting sun, this book contains a wealth of visual material. In colour throughout, it manages to squeeze 1500 years and a land area from Turkey to the Western Isles into 192 pages without becoming unbearably superficial - no mean feat. Ted Olsen achieves this by careful selection of individuals and movements for consideration, thus building up a model of Celtic Christianity which relies more on detail than on generalisation, and which leaves the reader with the urge to go and find out more, rather than with the deceptive feeling of omniscience produced by most overviews.

Beginning with pre-Christian Celtic culture as represented by Brennus and Vercingetorix among others, Ted Olsen continues with sections on various early Celtic martyrs and on the lives and work of St David, St Patrick, and St Columba. In between his account of these figures, we are presented with an analysis of the organization of the early church in various parts of the Celtic-speaking realms, together with an introduction to troublesome theological issues such as the Easter controversy which in spite of its seemingly trivial nature (agreeing on one date for the celebration of the festival) exercised the Church enormously for almost four hundred years.

The book finishes with the turbulent and bloody era of the Viking raids and a supplementary chapter on the recent revival of interest in 'Celtic Christianity'. In spite of the odd inaccuracy (surely 'the Celtic area between Roman Italy and the Alps' is Cisalpine, not Transalpine, Gaul) Christianity and the Celts is generally a reliable guide to the basic facts and issues in this fascinating field and brings the reader up to date with accepted opinion as well as findings from the most recent research.

Helle Michelsen

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