The Story of a Celtic Christian community

Philip Morris

Probably Britain's oldest centre of learning and important across the whole of medieval western Europe, St Illtud's monastery and school at Llantwit Major, south Wales flourished from c.500 AD to the Reformation. This is the first detailed history of the Celtic Christian community there - one of the greatest untold stories in British history.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Y Lolfa
Illustration :
c. 30 color & b/w photos
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781784617530
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


Not Oxford, not Cambridge, but Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr in Welsh) in south Wales is probably Britain’s oldest center of learning. Scholars of church history have called it ‘the Christian axis of the Celtic-speaking peoples’ and ‘the University of the Atlantic of the Celtic period’, and the monastic community there was important across the whole of medieval western Europe. This book provides for the first time a history of St Illtud’s monastery and school, founded in c.500 AD. It looks at developments on the site over the next 1,000 years till the Reformation, as well as at how the Celtic tradition and memory of Llanilltud have been kept alive since then. However, its primary focus is the development of the early monastic community in the context of the Celtic Christian tradition. A scholarly and analytical study, yet written in an engaging and highly readable style.

About The Author

Cardiff-born Philip Morris has had a long career in the Church in Wales, recently retiring as the Archdeacon of Margam. He lives in Llantwit Major and has had a long association with the town, having previously lived there for 20 years while Canon Missioner of Llandaff. His interest in this topic goes back to his MPhil in early medieval spirituality.

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