on 3 July 2001
Basil Hume, a self-confessed "enthusiast for the north-east of England" rather than a professional historian has produced a delightful little book which not only makes a pleasant and informative read, but also displays some beautiful photographs of the abbeys and countryside of this bleak, rugged region. It traces the lives of some of the early saints, including Cuthbert who made his home on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and is the patron saint of the awe-inspiring Durham Cathederal. Cardinal Hume's love for the region comes out in the text, and succeeds in inspiring similar emotions in the reader. A thoroughly entertaining book that one can return to repeatedly.
on 29 August 2013
If you are drawn to this area of Northumberland, if you want to know more about its rich Celtic spirituality and history, then this book is for you. Writen by the late Basil Hume, the reader is captivated by the wildness and beauty of the area through a brief history of the most noted Celtic Saints imagining, whilst reading about them, the sound of the sea and crashing waves, the rich and very vocal bird and seal life. Cardinal Basil Hume, was a very reflective and deeply spiritual man who has captivated this area and its history in this small book. Well worth buying for anyone comtemplating a visit to the area or for anyone who has been and wants to continue to reflect on the experience.