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THE RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF WALES
For the first fifteen hundred years or so of its
existence, the Christian Church in Wales was a unified entity.
The Welsh Church, initially Celtic, but then Roman Catholic,
held a virtual monopoly over religious life and belief in the
country. The sixteenth century Reformation ended the notion of a
monolithic Christendom; the proliferation of Protestant sects
guaranteed that competition and variety would be the norm.
By charting the gradual proliferation of religious
communities in Wales from the seventeenth to the twenty-first
centuries, this volume seeks to dispel many of the myths of a
monochrome Christian, Protestant or even Nonconformist Wales.
Each chapter also uniquely examines the persistence of faith,
often in surprising places, in post-Christian Wales.
Richard C. Allen is
a Reader in Early Modern Cultural History and Deputy Director of
South Wales Centre for Historical and
Interdisciplinary Research (SWCHIR). He is a Fellow of
the Royal Historical Society.
Dr David Ceri Jones is
a historian of religion in the early
modern British Atlantic World at Aberystwyth University
and an Associate Curate in
the Church in Wales.