Life of St.Columba

Life of St.Columba

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By (author) St.Adamnan, Translated by Richard Sharpe, Introduction by Richard Sharpe

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 28mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140444629
  • ISBN 13: 9780140444629
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 151,307

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Founding father of the famous monastery on the island of Iona, a site of pilgrimage ever since his death in 597, St Columba was born into one of the ruling families in Ireland at a time of immense expansion for the Irish Church. This account of his life, written by Adomnan - the ninth abbot of Iona, and a distant relative of St Columba - describes his travels from Ireland to Scotland and his mission in the cause of Celtic Christianity there. Written 100 years after St Columba's death, it draws on written and oral traditions to depict a wise abbot among his monks, who like Christ was capable of turning water into wine, controlling sea-storms and raising the dead. An engaging account of one of the central figures in the 'Age of Saints', this is a major work of early Irish and Scottish history.

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St Adomnan was born in Ireland c.628, a descendant of St Columba's grandfather. In 679 he became the ninth abbot of Iona. He played an important role in persuading the northern Irish churches to adopt the Catholic date for Easter, but his most famous work is his Life of St Columba. He died on Iona in 704. Dr Richard Sharp is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and since 1987 has served as a member of Oxford City Council. He is a Reader in Diplomatic in the Faculty of Modern History and a professorial fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.

Table of contents

Life of Columba - Adomnán of Iona Preface Maps Genealogical tables Introduction St. Columba, his early life St. Columba, "an island soldier" St. Columba and the Irish St. Columba and the Picts St. Columba's death His successors Adomnán of Iona, abbot and statesman Adomnán and the writing of the Life The island and monastery of Iona The Columban community after Adomnán The Later history of Iona The medieval legend of St. Columba The modern legend of St. Columba The Life of Columba The preface The second preface Book One Book Two Book Three Notes Manuscripts and editions Pesonal names Peoples and dynasties Place names Dates St. Columba's name St. Mochta's prophecy Adomnán's informants St. Columba's lineage King Oswald's baptism St. Munnu of Taghmon The foundation of Derry St. Baithene, second abbot of Iona The name of Iona The foundation of Durrow St. Cainnech of Aghaboe St. Colmán Elo of Lynally The whirlpool of Corryvreckan Áedán mac Gabráin, king of Dalriada Domnall mac Áedo, king of Ireland St. Lasrén, third abbot of Iona St. Columba's servant Diarmait The burial ground of Iona Dairmait mac Cerbaill, king of Ireland The monstery of Hinba The meeting of the kings at Druim Cett St. Comgall of Bangor St. Uinniau The monastic office in Iona Synods in the Irish church Aldfrith, king of Northumbria The list of St. Columba's companions The royal ordination of Áedán Cumméne's book The burial of St. Odran The monastic building at Iona The church of Eigg Fergnae, fourth abbot of Iona St. Columba's burial place Bibliography Index