Handbook to the Cathedrals of Wales; Llandaff.-St. David's.-St. Asaph.-Bangor

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 218 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887. Excerpt: ... ffiarlg fiislorg of ii Situ 83 these, is within a few miles of St. David's. But whether such labours were carried on in conjunction with St. David, or after his death, is entirely uncertain. We may gather from the lives that Teilo presided at Llandaff over a "familia" or monastery of the same character as that established by David at Meny w or Menevia. He may have continued the school of Dubricius; but his own college, says tradition, afterwards became known as " Bangor Deilo"--" the great 'choir or college of Teilo."' The shelter and seclusion required for such an establishment, and especially the need of a neighbouring river or of water springs, will explain greatly the unusual positions of the three principal Welsh cathedrals. That of Llandaff occupies, there can be little doubt, the site of the humble oratory erected by Teilo or Dubricius, first perhaps for himself as a solitary, and then enlarged or rebuilt for the use of the many scholars and religious who flocked to him as their teacher. Records preserved in the 'Book of Llandaff' (compiled about 1133) furnish the names of numerous bishops between Teilo and Urban--the first appointed under Norman influence. "These records, however, are nothing better or worse than an uncritical compilation by interested and unhistorical compilers, who had no scruple, if a title deed was wanting, in composing one according to their own view of the facts; and they undoubtedly contain, in their later period, genuine documents; although even down to the time shortly preceding their compilation, they are proved inaccurate, whenever independent evidence exists to test them. It is impossible to make out a consistent list of successive bishops from them; and the attempt to do so, or to escape difficulties by imagining a wh...

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