Not only did our last hotel
fail to provide any windows, to speak of, in our room,
it also failed to provide us with a breakfast…
Which is just as well, really,
for we were up, and off, and away
long before breakfast would ordinarily
ever have been dreamed of…
However, by nine bells one might be forgiven
for expecting the local sea-front eateries to be offering
something in the way of refreshment?
So, we headed for St Just…
How to disguise your sacred monument…
Firstly, cover it with the Dragon’s Breath…
Secondly, consign it to a relatively late historical period…
Thirdly, invent for it a plausible name…
“What is a miracle play, anyway?”
“It’s a medieval drama based on episodes from the life of a saint.”
“What, like St Just?”
“Yes, just like St Just, Hermit and Martyr.” …
“And what did St Just do?”
“Well, apart from displaying his true colours,
and confirming the link between the stonework
of ancient and less ancient sacred sites,
he also reminded us why we’re here.”
“That’s the church of St Just, what did the real St Just do?”
“Oh, pretty much the same sort of thing, I expect.” …
A Sacred and Profane Memoir
by Alfred John Prufrock
Note on Celtic Saints:
These ancient savants seem of an entirely different cast to their Roman Catholic successors.
Like the Bards of old they travel the land far and wide, taking their entourage with them, seeming reluctant to ever settle…
St Samson, though born in Wales of ‘royal stock’, enjoys legendary status on Caldey, in Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany!
These places are all centres of stone.
The official hagiographies of the saints often seek to conceal much more than they reveal.
One charming account has both Samson and Arthur, as children, playing together in their eponymous Dolmen.
The notion of St Samson as Itinerant Pendragon is greatly appealing.
Excerpt from Kith ‘n’ Kin by Stuart France and Sue Vincent…
Lands of Exile:
KITH ‘N’ KIN
Stuart France & Sue Vincent
The Beeley Stone, ‘liberated’ from the churchyard at Bakewell, stands proudly in the centre of its village green once more. While the locals enjoy the fruits of its restoration, Ben, who had led the daring raid against authority, still languishes in jail.
Don and Wen, arrested and released without explanation in Ireland, now plot an erratic course through the wild places of Wales, while Jaw-Dark and Kraas, seeking the legendary stone of Fergus Mac Roy, have been separated in the most uncanny of circumstances…
As the darkness closes around them, the Black Shade haunts the moors above Beeley and, in the shadowy rooms of the old tower, an ancient and even stranger story begins to unfold…
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