Herein Sabine Baring-Gould presents the reader with an alternative and
more compelling history of the Celtic Church in Britain to that commonly
offered by the proponents of the belief that Christianity began in these
islands either with Patrick in the mid-fifth century or was revived by
Augustine at the end of the sixth century.
The author describes a nascent Christianity that was very different in
character to the Christianity we know today. He introduces the reader
to a religious spirit dedicated to the contemplative life, evolving within
a civilised Romano-British society, a society that was to be devastated
from the beginning of the fifth century onward by the political turmoil
and internecine conflicts of a collapsing Roman Empire. He relates how
that ancient British Church and its people adapted and survived, against
extraordinary and overwhelming odds. It is a marvelous and heroic epic
spanning many generations. An epic that every man, woman and child of
these islands should know and cherish.