Holy Wells: Wales
A Photographic Journey
By (author) Phil Cope
Holy Wells: Wales by Phil Cope
Book DescriptionThe holy wells of Wales are one of its best keep secrets. Here, photographer Phil Cope, selects 42 of his favourites and reveals their histories, mystery and, stunningly, their physical appearance. The wells range from almost invisible rock strewn holes in fields and rocky outcrops, to commercialised spas in mid Wales and the full-blown pilgrimage sites of healing, like Holywell in north east Wales. Sacred for many centuries before Christianity the churches often attached to wells are the latest religious accretions on a spiritualism based on leylines and other, now 'new age' philosophies. The book is one of record: the number of well in Wales has decreased from almost two thousand fifty years ago to perhaps a few hundred today. Evocative, atmospheric, surprising and ornate, the wells of Wales make this is a fascinating and beautiful book which will be much valued by tourists, historians, believers and photographers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781854114853
(220mm x 245mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Poetry Wales Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Phil Cope
Borderlands: New Photographs and Old Tales of Sacred Springs, Holy Wells and Spas of the Wales / England Borders, Hardback (September 2013)
A lavishly illustrated guide to sacred wells in the contested lands between England and Wales from prehistoric times to today, pagan to Christian, with diversions into the Roman occupation and the commercial spas of modern times.
Holy Wells, Cornwall, Hardback (May 2010)» View all books by Phil Cope
Holy Wells: Cornwall is a collection of stunning colour photographs of 63 wells in Cornwall, with an informative text about their history - and legends - by well expert Phil Cope. Their story from pagan origin to Christian use is told in word and image.
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