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The Saints of Cornwall Hardcover – 6 Jan 2000


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Meticulously researched and presented entries for each cult encompass all cults, whether or not associated with particular sites, and permit the reader to see in an impressively detailed way the history of references to a cult, from the earliest to modern times ... a considerable achievement as a source of reference for the history of Cornwall. (The Journal of Ecclesiastical History)

The thoroughness and value of Orme's work can be seen by comparing his wonderfully full entries on St Neot and St Petroc with the comparable entries in D. H. Farmer's excellent Oxford Dictionary of the Saints. Orme not only offers us something like five or six times as much detail, but packs his entries with information which allows an almost complete mapping of the cults concerned ... this book is a model of its kind, illuminating a wide range of issues from the evolution of the parochial structure of the region to the eighteenth-century survival of healing wells, popular customs and local festivals. (History)

Splendid, unpretentious, but deeply learned book ... he [Orme] has provided historians of Cornwall, and of medieval popular religion more generally, with a fascinating and indispensable research tool. (History)

Rigourous textual-historical catalogue, using the best linguistic advice, and a model for one well-defined region that could now profitably be followed for any other part of Atlantic Britain and Ireland ... the entries read well, are concise and contain a mass of new or little-known material.The introduction could stand on its own as an unrivalled essay. All relevant libraries and concerned individuals should acquire The Saints fo Cornwall. (Charles Thomas, Times Literary Supplement)

This book is a useful guide for those studying various facets of hagiography. It will be a helpful reference work that local historians, literary scholars, and a host of other interested students will consult for quite some time. (H-Net Book Review)

The study tells us a very great deal about the invention of tradition at the parochial level and the universal desire of communities of whatever size, and of whatever historical period, to attach meaning to the salient features of their spiritual and physical environment (English Historical Review)

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Reviews from: Catholic Times, Church Times & TLS.
`Professor Orme's work is a new landmark in accuracy (and has now rendered many local church guide books out of date).' SR Elizabeth Rees, Catholic Times, 1st Oct. 2000.

`Professor Orme's incisive mind cuts through layers of legend, and pares down our so-called history of British saints to the bare provable facts, which scholars are discovering to be increasingly few.' SR Elizabeth Rees, Catholic Times, 1st Oct. 2000.

`This is readable stuff and full of the interest of the curios. The scholarship is exact and minute, and the historian and the visitor to Cornwall alike will find much to please and entertain in matching the information about the cults to the local names and events ... a splendid book.' Dr G.R. Evans, Church Times, 25th Aug.00.

` rigourous textual-historical catalogue, using the best linguistic advice, and a model for one well-defined region that could now profitably be followed for any other part of Atlantic Britain and Ireland ... the entries read well, are concise and contain a mass of new or little-known material.The introduction could stand on its own as an unrivalled essay. All relevant libraries and concerned individuals should acquire The Saints fo Cornwall.' Charles Thomas, Times Literary Supplement

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