Beunans Meriasek

Beunans Meriasek

Beunans Meriasek is a medieval play completed in 1504 that tells the legends of the life of St Meriasek. it was written in the Cornish language. He is the patron saint of Camborne, and according to his legendary will his feast day is the first Friday in June.

Outline of the Legend

The legend of Meriasek, son of a Duke of Brittany, who, for love of the priestly profession, refused marriage with a wealthy princess and led the life of a miracle-working hermit, first in Cornwall and afterwards in his native land; the legend of Saint Sylvester, who healed the Emperor Constantine of leprosy by a dip in the baptismal font, and then aided him in establishing Christianity throughout his broad dominion; and the curious legend of a mother who, on the Virgin's continued disregard of her prayer for the deliverance of a son in captivity, carried off the ChristChild from the arms of the Virgin's statue, and refused to yield up the baby to the Madonna until her own son was restored to her. [The English Religious DramaBook by Katharine Lee Bates; Macmillan and Co., 1893]


* "Celtic Culture" By John T. Koch ISBN 1851094407 (page 205)


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