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