A series of talks and events coincide with the ‘Stories of the Saints Exhibition’ at the National Library of Wales. David Parsons gave a lunchtime talk at the Library on 1 March ‘Chwedlau’r llan: seintiau Cymru o Benfro i’r Fflint’, and both David and Martin Crampin will give gallery talks on 29 March. Martin will also give a talk on 17 May and there will be a one-day conference at the Library on 3 June. Details will follow shortly.
Padarn and the Saints of Wales
Church of St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr
An afternoon of talks about St Padarn and the saints of Wales, drawing on evidence from medieval literature, place names and visual culture.
Speakers: Gerald Morgan, Paul Russell, David Parsons, Martin Crampin and Peter Lord
Talks in Welsh and English, simultaneous English translation available
Organised by the ‘Cult of Saints in Wales’ project, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in cooperation with St. Padarn’s Church, Llanbadarn Fawr, and the St Padarn Team 517–2017.
To register please contact Angharad Elias
Leeds International Medieval Congress
4 July 2016
The project held a full session at this international conference (Saints in Wales), including papers by Jane Cartwright, Jenny Day and Martin Crampin, chaired by Janet Burton.
St Winefride & Holywell
Church of St James, Holywell
An afternoon of talks on St Winefride and Holywell. Subjects included the medieval Life of Winefride, medieval poetry to the saint, and the importance of the well to visitors in the Romantic period. There will also be a talk on St Winefride’s well and an opportunity to visit the site.
Speakers: Jane Cartwright, Mary-Ann Constantine, Tristan Gray Hulse and Eurig Salisbury
St David & Saints in Wales
Tŷ’r Pererin, Quickwell Hill, St Davids
An afternoon of talks presenting work in progress on saints in medieval Wales. The subjects will include the different Welsh versions of the Life of David and the poem to David by Gwynfardd Brycheiniog, as well as images of David and place-names in Pembrokeshire relating to saints.
Speakers: Martin Crampin, Jenny Day, Ann Parry Owen and David Parsons
Medieval Saints in Glamorgan
Church of St Illtud, Llantwit Major
An afternoon of talks presenting work in progress on saints in medieval Wales. The subjects included the Welsh Life of St Mary Magdalene, the Life of St Illtud, place-names in Glamorgan relating to saints and images of saints in stained glass and sculpture.
Speakers: Jane Cartwright, Martin Crampin, Karen Jankulak and David Parsons
Medieval Saints in Gwynedd
The Diocesan Centre, The Cathedral Close, Bangor
An afternoon of talks presenting work in progress on saints in medieval Wales. The subjects included new research on local saints, the genealogies of the Welsh saints, and a tour of the cathedral to see images of saints in stained glass.
Speakers: Martin Crampin, Alaw Mai Edwards, Barry Lewis and David Parsons
15th International Congress of Celtic Studies
14 July 2015, Glasgow
The project held a full session at this week-long conference (Hagiography and History 2 – The Cult of Saints in Wales), including papers by Eurig Salisbury, Alaw Mai Edwards and Barry Lewis, chaired by David Parsons. Martin Crampin also gave a paper in the following session (Hagiography and History 3).
For more on Martin’s paper, and another for the ‘The Middle Ages in the Modern World‘ conference at the University of Lincoln, see his blog post.
Medieval Breconshire and the Welsh Poets
16 May 2015, Brecon
As part of a day-conference on Medieval Breconshire and the Welsh Poets, Eurig Salisbury asked ‘Sut i gael 42 o seintiau mewn un gerdd? Moliant Huw Cae Llwyd i seintiau Brycheiniog’ (How do you get 42 saints into one poem? Huw Cae Llwyd’s praise for the saints of Brycheiniog).
Conference: The Cult of Saints in Wales – Sources and Contexts
This conference was held as part of the AHRC-funded ‘The Cult of Saints in Wales: Medieval Welsh-language Sources and their Transmission’. The principal aim of the project is to produce an electronic edition of the poetry addressed to saints, the prose lives, and the saints’ genealogies which make up the Welsh-language hagiographical corpus.
At the conference some of these texts were examined and discussed; the aim being to locate them in a wide range of contexts. At its broadest, the theme encompasses the whole range of local responses to hagiography across Celtic-speaking countries, Britain and Europe.
Click here for the programme.