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The Living Stream : Holy Wells in Historical Context - James Rattue

The Living Stream

Holy Wells in Historical Context

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780851158488
Number Of Pages: 192

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The holy well is the absolute combination of mystery and utility. There are hundreds of them still to be found, some easily, others with good maps. This useful book lists them all, and in so doing takes us into the realm of a still little-known spiritual area... It also leads us through many exceedingly interesting though remote areas of Celtic and English Christian history. RONALD BLYTHE (TABLET) Holy wells are an ancient and mysterious part of the landscape, yet have been the subject of little serious study. James Rattue has been fascinated by them for many years, and has now written the first general history of wells and their religious and cultural associations. He begins the story in the ancient world, exploring the archetypal motifs present in the cult of water, then traces the distinctive development of the holy well in England, examining pagan wells and their Christianisation, the role played by ecclesiastical history and institutions, the importance of saints' cults, and the social functions of wells in the middle ages.

List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Wellsprings of Worship: The Origins of Hydrolatryp. 8
Fons Bandusiae: Wells in the Ancient Worldp. 21
The Water of Redemption: Wells and Christianityp. 33
The Saxon Settlement: Wells and the Conversion of Englandp. 45
Unam Ecclesiam: Wells and the Medieval Churchp. 63
At the Heart of the Community: Wells and Medieval Societyp. 89
Christ is Truth, not Custom: Wells and the Reformationp. 101
The Two Cultures: Wells, Class and the Great Changep. 112
'This sick earth, this sick race of man': Wells and Suburban Angstp. 132
Addendap. 149
Bibliographyp. 150
Index of Wells in English Countiesp. 173
General Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9780851158488
ISBN-10: 085115848X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: New edition