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Visualizing the Saints of Wales

We are delighted to announce a new year-long project bringing the work of the ‘Cult of Saints in Wales’ and the ‘Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae’ projects to a wider audience. The ‘Visualizing the Saints of Wales’ project will create a new digital interface with the ambition of transforming public engagement with research into the saints of…

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Summer Conferences 2019

Past and present members of the project team were busy presenting papers at several international conferences this summer. The project organised three full sessions at Leeds International Medieval Congress on 1 July 2019, amounting to nine papers in all, by past and present members of the project team: I: Welsh Saints in Wales Barry James…

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New Life of St Cybi Discovered

The Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae project is very excited to announce the discovery of a new medieval Life of St Cybi. David Callander (research associate on VSC 2017–8) came across the Life while researching the Jesuit scholar William Farrar. The Life survives only in Yale, Beinecke Library, Osborn fb229, a manuscript previously unknown to Welsh scholarship,…

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Gloucester Abbey and the Lives of the Welsh Saints

The project arranged an afternoon of talks in the Chapter House at Gloucester Cathedral on 3 November 2018. The importance of Gloucester as the focus of the collection of traditions relating to saints in Wales has long been recognised, and the inclusion of the Lives of Cadog, Gwynllyw, Padarn and others in the Cotton Vespasian…

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Our first text is published online!

This is ‘Canu i Gadfan’ (a song for Cadfan), an extensive poem (178 lines) sung by Llywelyn Fardd about 1150. It is the earliest of three poems composed by twelfth-century Welsh poets to the saints: ’Canu Tylisio’ by Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr and ‘Canu i Ddewi’ by Gwynfardd Brycheiniog will appear shortly on the website. ‘Canu…

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Ninth Bangor Colloquium on Medieval Wales

At the colloquium on 20 October 2018 Martin Crampin will give a paper on ‘The Imaging of Saints in Medieval Wales’, and Ann Parry Owen will deliver a Keynote Lecture on ‘Cain awen gan awel bylgaint – Canu Beirdd y Tywysogion i Gadfan, Tysilio a Dewi’ (Fine poetic inspiration brought by the dawn breeze: the Poets of…