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Life of St. Columba (Penguin Classics) (edition 1995)
by Adomnan of Iona, Richard Sharpe (Translator)
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Although related to one of the ruling families of Ireland, Columba (c. 521-97) became a central figure in the "Age of Saints" by setting out from his native land and founding his famous monastery on the island of Iona. It was from here that priests and monks played a key role in converting the Picts of Scotland, here that countless penitents came on pilgrimages and that the King of Dalriada (Argyll) came to be consecrated. While essentially a work of hagiography focusing on St. Columba's miraculous powers and saintliness, this biography also illuminates the history of the early church in Ireland and Scotland and the impact of the monastic movement on the spread of Christianity throughout Britain and Europe. - Publisher.
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