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St David

(d. c. 601) patron saint of Wales and founder of St David's.

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Cadoc

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(d. c.560)

was a leading figure among the monks of South Wales and founder of the church of Llancarfan. He was probably the contemporary of David and Gildas and the master of...

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Celtic church

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This term, which describes the Christian church as it developed in Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, recognizes that church practice in all three countries had many features in common, but...

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Christianity in Wales

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The early history of Christianity in Wales is obscure; continuity from late Roman times has been suggested. In the 6th cent. there were several outstanding Welsh saints (e.g. David,...

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Deiniol

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(d. c.584),

monk and bishop. Reputedly a descendant of Coel Godebog, a Celtic chieftain of North Britain, Deiniol founded the two monasteries of Bangor Fawr (on the Menai Straits)...

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diocese of St Davids

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The cathedral of St David, which still houses the bones of the patron saint of Wales, is one of the outstanding buildings in the principality. Bernard persuaded Pope Calixtus II to canonize...

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Dyfrig

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(d. c.550), monk and bishop who worked mainly in the Hereford-Gwent area. He was one of the earliest and most important of the saints of South Wales, but there is very little early and...

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Finnian

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(d. 549),

abbot of Clonard. The 10th-century Life stresses his Leinster birth and education, probably at Idrone (Co. Carlow), near which he made his first three foundations:...

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Giraldus Cambrensis

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(c. 1146–1220),

Welsh cleric and chronicler; he is the author of opographia Hibernica, which covers the natural history, marvels, and early events of Ireland, and the Iterarium...

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Ismael

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(6th century),

Welsh bishop. According to the Life of Oudoceus he was the son of Budic, a prince of Cornouaille, forced into exile in Dyfed, whence he returned to Brittany, but his...

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Justinian

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(6th century),

hermit and martyr of Ramsey Island (off Pembrokeshire, now Dyfed). The only information about him comes from the Life in N.L.A., copied presumably from a St David's...

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