Nyd oes wlad yn holl Gred o gymaint o dir a chymaint o saint ynddei ag oedd gynt ymhlith Cymbry
There is not a land of like size in all Christendom with so many saints in it as were of old among Welshmen
Saints populate the landscape of Wales in place-names, church dedications and holy wells. From St Fagans to Llandudno, St Davids to Pennant Melangell, the names of saints are bound up with the very fabric of the country. Some, like David and Beuno, are well known, but many are forgotten.
Seintiau is a site dedicated to research on the saints of Wales. The Cult of Saints in Wales project will publish a digital edition of some 100 medieval Welsh-language texts about saints. Many of these texts have never been edited before, while those editions that do exist are widely scattered and of very variable quality. Our work will provide reliable modern texts with detailed notes and English translations, making a discrete Welsh hagiographical tradition available for study both inside and outside Wales. The website will also host a compendium of information on the saints and their traditions.
Stories of the Saints
An exhibition of medieval manuscripts containing lives and genealogies of the saints, and poetry addressed to them, runs at the National Library of Wales until 10 June 2017. David Parsons and Martin Crampin will be offering gallery talks on 29 March.
A fifth afternoon of talks, ‘Padarn and the Saints of Wales’ is being held at the Church of St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, on 1 April 2017.