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A halo of saints

Back to the Great Books shortly, but fist some other Arthurian business. “King Arthur’s Saints” is a fascinating roundup of all the Welsh holy women and men who had something to do with the historical Arthur, if there was a historical Arthur. Many thanks to “Suburban Banshee” for “Aliens in This World.” King Arthur without his halo of legendary saints would have been nonsense to the Welsh in the Dark Ages. “It’s very sad that it’s not part of popular consciousness, just because it wasn’t Malory’s big thing,” the Banshee says. It wasn’t Malory’s big thing, we might add, because–curiously enough–it wasn’t Walter Map’s big thing, either: he needed sinners, not saints, to build his grand allegory of sin and redemption. So here’s a side of dark-ages British folklore we don’t get to dip into very often, but I know I’ll be doing more dipping now that I’ve been pointed in that direction.

3 Responses to “A halo of saints”

  1. Mary in Monmouth Says:

    I am researching the Welsh saints for a catholic website and have sme interesting material as well regarding St Joseph and most of the Saints of Wales tracing them back to their settlements etc and from papal records. St Cadoc made 7 pilgrimages to Rome and St David was Bishop in Jerusalem. They spoke Latin and Greek as well as Welsh and Saxon.

    If you email me at I can give you extra information about how these came to be so important and why the Normans actually took them so seriously. Anyone who emails will get a reply.


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  3. serwis bram Says:

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