Saints: A new legendary of heroes, humans and magic (Hardback)
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Saints: A new legendary of heroes, humans and magic (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages
Published: 12/09/2024
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A mesmerising volume from the Waterstones Book of the Year nominated author of Storyland, Saints delves deep into the history of Britain's past through the tales that captured the medieval imagination.

Numerous saints were held to have lived, breathed and performed miracles across Britain, from only decades after Christ's death, up to the eve of the Reformation, with all of its consequent destruction.

In medieval narratives these saints are given nature's blessing: a salmon finds Cadog's handbook, the Thames parts for Alban, geese fill the sky to converse with Werbaugh. Moreover they fit the medieval view of British history at large. St Cadog and King Arthur are contemporaries; St Mungo meets Merlin in the woods; St Alban is implicated in the Roman persecution of Christians. And while there was no single history accepted across its islands and diverse populations, these stories do enable us to reconstruct a long, obsolete view on Britain's deepest past.

Through passages of narrative, deeply researched explanation and beautifully illustrated by the author with thirty paper-cutouts, Saints retells stories that enjoyed centuries of popular appeal among medieval Christians but were suppressed when their shrines were destroyed. These stories embraced the darkness of their heroes: sinister saints who sacrificed their followers and women who communed with geese, saints whose decapitated heads spoke to wolves.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529416619
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm

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Celebrating Fables and Folklores: An Evening with Amy Jeffs and Sam Leith in Conversation

London - Trafalgar Square
Monday 23rd September 19:00

Join us in welcoming Amy Jeffs and Sam Leith to celebrate their latest books, Saints and The Haunted Wood, for an evening of discussing fables and folklores!

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An Evening with Amy Jeffs

An Evening with Amy Jeffs

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Wednesday 9th October 19:00

Join us for an evening welcoming back author, art historian and printmaker Amy Jeffs to Salisbury as she discusses her newest book 'Saints: A new legendary of heroes, humans and magic' with us.

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Amy Jeffs in conversation on Saints: A New Legendary of Heroes, Humans and Magic

Amy Jeffs in conversation on Saints: A New Legendary of Heroes, Humans and Magic

Canterbury - Rose Lane
Friday 11th October 18:30

Join us as we welcome Amy Jeffs to discuss her latest publication, Saints.

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