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5.0 out of 5 stars Adomnan in detail, 13 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Life of St Columba (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for study, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A good basic history., 28 Jun. 2013
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This is a good basic read for the History of Iona and it may well start you on a search for historical reference books relating to this Spiritual island.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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Nov. 2014
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Good introduction, very helpful, and good translation
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Life of St Columba (Penguin Classics) by Adomnan of Iona (Paperback - 23 Feb. 1995)
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