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Northern Britain in late Anglo-Saxon times was enriched by a flourishing of the Church under the leadership of holy men and women who left enduring traces on society and landscape. Lindisfarne, Durham, York, Hexham and Whitby were all important centres of cultural and social influence.The monasteries and communities of these 7th and 8th century saints were to be swept away by the Vikings savage attacks from 793 onwards. But the colourful lives of Saints Aidan, Colman, Chad, Wilfrid, Oswald, Hilda, Cuthbert and others, and the remarkable events surrounding them, were fortunately recorded by Bede and other annalists of the period. The account of their involvement in the power shifts between the Northumbrian royal houses, the struggles of the great ecclesiastical debate around the Synod of Whitby in 664, as well as the wealth of stories of visions, miracles and marvels which filled their lives -- these have all come down in the ancient texts. This selection draws on Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History' and other early sources to provide insight into the inspirational power of these saintly lives in their own day and for times to come.

Saints of Northumbria - Iain MacDonald

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Title
Saints of Northumbria
Author
Iain MacDonald
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Floris Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19970301

Northern Britain in late Anglo-Saxon times was enriched by a flourishing of the Church under the leadership of holy men and women who left enduring traces on society and landscape. Lindisfarne, Durham, York, Hexham and Whitby were all important centres of cultural and social influence.The monasteries and communities of these 7th and 8th century saints were to be swept away by the Vikings savage attacks from 793 onwards. But the colourful lives of Saints Aidan, Colman, Chad, Wilfrid, Oswald, Hilda, Cuthbert and others, and the remarkable events surrounding them, were fortunately recorded by Bede and other annalists of the period. The account of their involvement in the power shifts between the Northumbrian royal houses, the struggles of the great ecclesiastical debate around the Synod of Whitby in 664, as well as the wealth of stories of visions, miracles and marvels which filled their lives -- these have all come down in the ancient texts. This selection draws on Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History' and other early sources to provide insight into the inspirational power of these saintly lives in their own day and for times to come.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Christian saints - England - Northumbria (Region) - History.|Church history - Middle Ages, 600-1500.|England - Church history - 449-1066.
Country of Publication
Scotland
Number of Pages
144

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