Saint Tysilio

by admin on 10 April 2017

DSCF3190 DSCF3195 DSCF3202 DSCF3212 DSCF3215GŴYL TYSILIO FESTIVAL 2017 – programmechurch island main

I will be Actor in Residence for the weekend on the Island and performing my story in the Church on Sunday afternoon

Who? Was he martyred? Was he famous? Where is his cathedral?

He wasn’t martyred, he isn’t famous, he has no cathedral.

He was quietly religious in North Wales in around the year 600.

A younger son of a King of Powys. He decides to make a new life for himself away from his father’s court.

After being influenced by a hermit monk who he grew up knowing, he moves to Anglesey and sets himself up as a hermit on a small island in the beautiful Menai Straits.

There he starts preaching, helping underline Christianity as the religion with the post Roman part pagan population.

So why did a junior prince become a hermit?

Why were there so many similar hermits in this period?

Why was he called a Saint?

How did he live?

Where did he live?

What was his church?

What was Christianity like then?

What was paganism like then and how rife was it?

How influential was he?

It’s not likely we will ever find out as there isn’t much of a written history.

What can be done is look at the evidence and piece together a story so this man’s legacy will never been forgotten.

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