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Life of St. Columba (Penguin Classics) Paperback – November 1, 1995
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Whether one has been to Iona or followed the lives of the Northern Celtic saints in England & Scotland this work puts these stories in a living context. Adomnan was the 9th abbot of the monastery on Iona after Columba and wrote about 100 years after the saint's death. There is almost a sense of being present at the time of his stories about Columba and the monks and noted people of his times. With all the claims to veracity and eye-witness the hundreds of miracles that are related make one stop to think that perhaps these people experienced the interconnectedness of all life in ways beyond our experience today. This is an amazing story about a small out of the way place and a larger than life person. It is about real events that have had more effect on western history than we can probably imagine. It is almost forgotten to many and this new work (1994) may help bring it into our contemporary appreciation for the roots that made us who we are today.
Eu'nan, the author, certainly isn't going to give you any "good reasons" or theories as to why his kinsman left the island.Read more ›
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I am doing research on St. Columba and this is THE reference book to have.Published 10 months ago by Gloria Mitchell
A most interesting account of the pre-medieval early Christian world in the UK. Adomnan, a later Abbot of the Iona Abbey goes out of his way to prove with a myriad of examples that... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Guurtje
This primary source is essential reading for anyone making a serious study of early medieval society in the "North American Archiaplego. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Pictomaniac
You can read this for the life of the saint, or read it for the extensive historical notes. What might be just pieced together from Adomnan's book is well amplified by the notes,... Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by chp
Actually purchased this book at the recommendation of my priest. Waded through the long and dry introduction which seems to just go back and forth over which version of his life... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Barbara
The type of writing along with the language from the time can make the reading tedious. However, the topic is well worth the struggle if this is a period in history in which one... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by John S. Munroe
Angels were said to have lit the air around Saint Columba's head, and when he died the island of Iona was brightened by the Saint's ascent to heaven, flying above sea and sand with... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by FYI
this is an awesome book. it was like reading about the Life of Christ only 1000 years later. it also reminded me of a book called, the acts of the prophet, written by pearry... Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by M. David