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by Derek Bryce

  • ISBN: 0947992332
  • Category: Reference
  • Author: Derek Bryce
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Llanerch Press (August 1989)
  • Pages: 120 pages
  • FB2 size: 1766 kb
  • EPUB size: 1394 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 841
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Derek Bryce illuminates the history and precise symbolism of the Celtic cross.

Derek Bryce illuminates the history and precise symbolism of the Celtic cross. This expresses the divine shining through many holy beings.

Mr Bryce's book was a surprisingly good read. Derek Bryce illuminates the history and precise symbolism of the Celtic cross. Received as a Christmas gift, it sat on my desk for eight months before I got the chance to read it, as I thought it would require a good chunk of quiet time (it is a reference book after all).

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Summary Readers will find in this book a story of the progressive development of Celtic Christian art, from very simple beginnings in the so-called dark ages, to the wonderful.

Readers will find in this book a story of the progressive development of Celtic Christian art, from very simple beginnings in the so-called dark ages, to the wonderful free-standing ornamented Celtic crosses that have survived.

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Derek Bryce illuminates the history and precise symbolism of the Celtic cross Mr Bryce's book was a surprisingly good read

Derek Bryce illuminates the history and precise symbolism of the Celtic cross. Mr Bryce's book was a surprisingly good read.

Did you know that the basic symbolism of the cross is that of the world-axis, or the link between Heaven and Earth? Or that the main feature of the ornamented Celtic Cross, the wheel cross, is not derived from the crucifixion, but from a more ancient symbol--the Chi-Rho monogram, which is the name of Christ in the Greek alphabet? In Symbolism of the Celtic Cross, Derek Bryce traces the pagan-Christian link of the essential symbolism of the axis-mundi from standing stones and market crosses (at crossroads and not always "crosses" in form) to the inscribed slabs and free-standing crosses of the Celtic-Christian era. He includes rare illustrations of ornamental Celtic Crosses from such places as Brittany, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Cumbria, Ireland, and Cornwall. Bryce explores esoteric aspects of the symbolism, alchemy, and the wisdom of Hermes.
Reviews about Symbolism of the Celtic Cross (6):
Thozius
Lots of good information on Celtic crosses, market "crosses" and similar stone pillars. Also a bunch of perhaps not-so-good 19th Century archeological speculation on the background of the crosses and related stones. Clearly the tradition of erecting such monuments pre-dates Christianity, although most of the crosses are explicitly Christian.
Dozilkree
This was a very good first book on Celtic Crosses and their origin. The history was complete and sketches illuminating
zmejka
Mr Bryce's book was a surprisingly good read. Received as a Christmas gift, it sat on my desk for eight months before I got the chance to read it, as I thought it would require a good chunk of quiet time (it is a reference book after all). Not so! The pace of the book is fast, it lays out the history of the Celtic cross, pagan to modern, in a very concise fashion, and describes and displays examples along the way that greatly enhance the text.
Plenty of fun tidbits are included, but Mr. Bryce's text is so engaging that you find they sneak by you and you don't want to go back. I read the book three times to solve the problem! I was quite surprised to discover that both the Celtic cross and the modern cross do not have their origin in the crucifixion -- one of the more astonishing facts he presents.
Just an hour or two to read front to back, and a great primer for someone new to the subject, or soon to travel to Britain. The only drawback is that he didn't write more about it. It was my best gift last year, and at eight bucks just can't be beat.
Loved the drawings. Great detail
Erienan
Derek Bryce illuminates the history and precise symbolism of the Celtic cross. Reminding us that the wheel suggests the halo of the divine takes us to the growing humber of empty crosses in Europe and USA showing Christ as victor over death. This expresses the divine shining through many holy beings. For interpretation of the four figures around Christ over the main door of Chartres cathedral read A New Sense of Destiny from Ancient Symbols.
Mojar
A previous commentator mentioned that he was unable to trust anything but the dates and locations. I'm afraid he shouldn't even trust the dates. For example, on page 40 the author lists the date of St. Aidan's ordination as Bishop of Lindisfarne as 653 AD, which is difficult since Aidan died in 642. The true date is 635 AD. Also, on the very next page, Bryce lists the date of the Synod of Whitby as 644; in actuality it took place in 664. While this may seem to be an exercise in nit-picking, since the book focuses strongly on the Celtic Christian church, and since these are quite possibly the two most formative dates in that church's history, it is disturbing that the author would offer them incorrectly. Beware of the others...
Xcorn
What a disappointment! The author clearly had an agenda, which was focused on the christian influence on Celtic Crosses. Many of his assumptions are self-serving, and I was tempted to put the book down halfway through in disgust. Other reviewers have noted good artwork, which I'll concede, but photos would have been better. I purchased this expecting some enlightenment into what the pre-Christian crosses symbolised, and was sorely disappointed.

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