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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (23 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140444629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140444629
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BookBeetle on 13 Mar. 2010
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This has excellent notes: it builds on the work of the Andersons [no longer available in an affordable edition] whose illuminating insights and notes are amplified by Sharpe.
The book - Adomnan's Life of Columba - is fascinating as a rare surviving early hagiography; full of detail concerning the politics, law, and customs of 6th century Scotland, Ireland, and Columba's interaction with the leading figures of that time. Adomnan's intention is naturally to portray the Christ-like qualities of his Saint; for the encouragement of others - and he focusses his account into 3 parts, the miracles, visions and foretellings.

It is immensely readable as an account; and Richard Sharpe's notes add enormously to the pleasure and interest. Warmly recommended to any reader, and especially to those interested in the real roots of Celtic Christianity.http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51srcSrEwSL._SL75_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-st,TopRight,8,-14_OU02_.jpg
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Taylor on 8 Sept. 2009
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Anyone interested in Celtic Christianity or early Monasticism should buy this. Not only is this a very good translation of the Life of St Columbia but it has an excellent introduction by R. Sharpe.
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By alex4003 on 21 Jan. 2015
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Great book which is written in a way that is easily understood. I bought it for someone studying the history of St Columba and they said it is very helpful.
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This is a good basic read for the History of Iona and it may well start you on a search for historical reference books relating to this Spiritual island. .
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By Nicholas J Higham on 30 Nov. 2014
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Good introduction, very helpful, and good translation
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