Tag: Christian

Syncretism through the ages

Syncretism, the amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought, has its roots in the ancient world.

The Premonstratensians

The Premonstratensians, emerging in the early 12th century, represent a unique blend of monastic traditions and clerical duties. Founded by St. Norbert of Xanten in Prémontré, France, this order of canons regular adopted the Rule of St. Augustine but infused it with the rigorous asceticism reminiscent of the Cistercian way of life.

Pope Gregory the Great

Pope Gregory the Great, born around 540 AD as Gregorius Anicius in Rome, was a pivotal figure in the early medieval church, ascending to the papacy in 590 AD

The growth of Christianity 50AD – 1100AD

We look at the development of Christianity from 50AD to 1100AD in both the broader European context and also for the people of Brigantia.

The walled gardens of Brigantia

This report introduces walled gardens and the concept that they are an attempt to create a paradise on earth, in accordance with a long history of religious and spiritual thought that played a significant role in shaping our relationship with nature, and the design of high status estates.

Brigantia during the Dark Ages

Yorkshire’s history during the Dark Ages is a tapestry of cultural shifts and invasions, beginning with the departure of the Romans in the early 5th century. This period saw the region become a melting pot of Celtic Britons, and later, the Angles and Vikings, each leaving a distinct imprint on the cultural landscape.

Temple Lane Ritual Routeway

The presence of Temple Lane and Temple Hill near West Witton, along with the historical Penhill Preceptory and the Temple Folly, suggests a relationship with a tradition of pilgrimage to Penhill Preceptory, within the Christian period.

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar, an order of warrior monks founded in the 12th century, had a significant presence in Yorkshire, England. They were known as formidable fighters during the Crusades and were recognized by their distinctive white mantles with a red cross.

The Cistercians in North Yorkshire

The Cistercian order made a significant mark on the religious landscape of medieval Europe, particularly in North Yorkshire. Whilst he first Cistercian house in Britain was established at Waverley in 1128, but it was the foundation of Rievaulx Abbey in 1132 that truly signified the order’s establishment in the region.

Celtic Religion and Beliefs

The Iron Age Celts, who flourished from around 700 BCE to 400 CE, held a polytheistic belief system with a pantheon of gods and goddesses. They believed in the sanctity of the natural world, with certain landscapes such as groves, springs, and river sources being considered sacred.

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