Nora K. Chadwick's book is a classic in its field. It was first delivered as the Riddell Memorial Lectures at King's College in the University of Durham in 1960. The present paperback is a facsimile reprint of the edition of 1960. The author concentrates on the records of the literary and spiritual activities of the ascetics of the Early Church. She surveys the background to the Age of the Saints, defines the nature of Celtic monasticism, and traces the steps by which the Celtic Church and the institutions of the Age of the saints were gradually absorbed into the discipline of the Church of Rome, and emphasises the stimulus which the controversy gave to literary production and to poetry. The book may be described as an anatomy of Celtic Spirituality.
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