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Vita Sancti Asaph [Edition and Translation]

Callander, David ORCID: 2021. Vita Sancti Asaph [Edition and Translation]. The Edition, Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae Project. Available at:

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Following a prologue (§§1–2) detailing the writer’s desire to produce a work in simple and brief style concerning the foundation of the cathedral of St Asaph (with details drawn from the more expansive Life of Kentigern) and then some things concerning St Asaph himself, which do not survive in the extant text, VSAsaph tells of how Kentigern left his own See of Glasgow due to the persecution of king Morken. He made for St Davids and was well received by St David himself. Here two leaves of material are missing. When the text continues, we hear how king Caswallon supports Kentigern and a white boar guides him to the site where his church should be founded at Llanelwy. While the construction is progressing, the pagan king Maelgwn comes in fury and orders all the work to be undone, but is himself struck by blindness. He subsequently converts to Christianity and is baptized, cancelling his earlier commands and assisting Kentigern, whose monastery becomes a thriving religious community. Kentigern expresses his wish to die at this monastery but an angelic message orders him to return to Glasgow. The text subsequently breaks off as Kentigern is instructing his monks on how to elect a successor. This text is edited from Peniarth 231. In instances where the text draws directly upon the Life of Kentigern, Forbes 1874 is compared and where used for emendation is denoted by the abbreviation VSK.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Publisher: Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae Project
Funders: AHRC
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:11

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