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Mary in Monmouthshire is a historical broadcast detailing ancient, secret and Catholic places often hidden away in Monmouthshire or the ancient kingdom of Gwent, Ergyng (South Hereford) and places visited by Mary who travels around in Cornwall and France. There is also a place for ancient hagiographies of saints conected with Monmouthshire and Caerleon-for example St David's hermitage in the Black Mountains near Llanthony, and its 19th centure apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Dec 10, 2008

We have come to the end of the first millenium and I have tried to sum up Welsh Spiritual Life and its Catholic base. Welsh meaning 'Romanised Celt' How they sanctified and built the llans with prayer and fasting for forty days and nights. Silurean  Characteristics and customs still in force today .Laws of Community and hospitality. How it was a culture built on trust.The evidence for Joseph of Arimathea as a tin merchant arriving in Caerleon with the Emperor Vespasian trading for tin. Archiviragus giving him and his family land at Glastonbury (Ynys Witrin) and Garthmadrun (modern Talgarth) Holiest family in Wales and it marries into the local royal family (of Irish descent) to provide a whole Age of Welsh Saints.

The Skirryd or Holy Mountain (St Michael's Mount)Normans built a chapel there.Teilos area of North Gwent (later Bishop of Llandaff) St David's Hermit's cell-area of his 'Green Martyrdom' to be at Llan Thony.

Many of these ancient sites not sporting splendid Norman and Gothic Churches still exist, and you can see curved churchyards. Much detail is available on