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3. Saints’ Cults and Gaelic-Scandinavian Influence around the Cumberland Coast and North of the Solway Firth

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This chapter examines the saints' cults which were promoted around the Cumberland coast and the northern shore of the Solway Firth during the Viking Age. It reconsiders Collingwood's theory in the light of recent advances in understanding of the region's Scandinavian settlers and their Christianisation. Collingwood's discussion of the relationship between Scandinavian settlers and saints' cults was based on evidence from Cumberland. In contrast, other commentators have associated the development of some Gaelic saints' cults in south-western Scotland with a pre-Viking settlement of Gaelic-speakers in western Britain. The patron saint of Kirksanton in Cumberland has long been identified with Sanctán, a saint who is also venerated in Ireland and the Isle of Man; Collingwood held that Sanctán's cult was transmitted across the Irish Sea by Scandinavian settlers. Thus far it has been argued that Gaelic-Scandinavian connections underpinned the transmission of certain Gaelic saints' cults to the region under consideration.

Keywords: Collingwood; Cumberland coast; Gaelic-Scandinavian connections; Kirksanton; saints' cults; Sanctán; Solway Firth; Viking



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