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This course is an overview of the key historical moments, persons and cultural movements within the spiritual tradition of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany from the early Middle Ages to early modern era. While emphasis will be on the medieval Celtic Church, the course will include consideration of originally pagan institutions preserved within Celtic Christianity, as well as expressions of characteristically Celtic spiritual practice in the modern period, including folk-customs, the impact of the Reformation in the Celtic nations, and the Neo-Pagan movement.
Brent Miles, Ph.D is a Professor of medieval Celtic languages and literatures at the Centre for Medieval Studies and St. Michael’s College. His research concerns the vernacular literatures of medieval Ireland and Wales. In addition he studies classical pagan poetry and mythology in medieval Ireland and the relationship of this classical learning to the native corpus of heroic narrative in Irish. A monograph on this subject, Heroic Saga and Classical Epic in Medieval Ireland, was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2011.