Category: Rowan Williams

Eisteddfod honours ‘pagan’ archbishop

BBC, Aug. 5, 2002 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/wales/2172408.stm Archbishop of Canterbury elect Rowan Williams is being inducted to the Gorsedd of the Bards in a ceremony at the National Eisteddfod despite a row about the honour. He will don a long white robe at St David’s, Pembrokeshire, while ‘druids’ recite a prayer, trumpets blare a fanfare and a 6ft 6ins sword is unsheathed above his head. He admittance to the mythical circle of scholars and stars who have contributed to Welsh cultural life will be one of his last duties as Archbishop of Wales. But his induction has already proved controversial, with a