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Early Celtic Christianity /
Brendan Lehane.
imprint
London : Continuum, 2005.
description
240 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0826486215 (pbk.)
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imprint
London : Continuum, 2005.
isbn
0826486215 (pbk.)
standard identifier
9780826486219 (pbk.)
general note
First published under title: The quest of three abbots. London : J. Murray, 1968.
catalogue key
5489883
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-232) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Brendan Lehane is a journalist and the author of The Companion Guide to Ireland, The Compleat Flea, the Power of Plants
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An enchanting book... This account of Celtic homogeneity as expressed in three great men, whose interior journeys led them outwards, far from Ireland their home, to bring to England, to Scotland, and to Europe civilization and sanctity, is a delight."Anne Freemantle
"...an enlightening book. Three men of genius have been taken out of their legend and given historical status. And by showing what two of them did in the most obscure period of European history, post-Roman and Merovingian Gaul, Lehane has made us more knowledgeable about these times."Padraic Colum
"... a welcome addition to the existing books about this ever fresh and virile, and often unashamedly magical, Early Celtic World. It makes for absorbing reading."Ann Moray
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Summaries
Long Description
This lively and original account of early Celtic Christianity - which was of far greater importance in the development of Western culture than we commonly realize - is told against the background of European history of the first seven centuries A.D. It focuses on the lives of Saints Brendan, Columba, and Columbanus, who lived active and effective lives in the cause of the early Church. Brendan, one of the founding fathers of Christianity in Ireland, was known in legend as a voyager and was thought to have reached the Western Hemisphere long before the Vikings. Columba took Celtic Christianity to Scotland and helped to re-establish it in Wales and in the North and West of England. Columbanus was the great Irish missionary to continental Europe, where he and his followers helped to convert the heathen invaders from the East.
Main Description
This lively and original account of early Celtic Christianity - which was of far greater importance in the development of Western culture than we commonly realize - is told against the background of European history of the first seven centuries A.D. It focuses on the lives of Saints Brendan, Columba, and Columbanus, who lived active and effective lives in the cause of the early Church. Brendan, one of the founding fathers of Christianity in Ireland, was known in legend as a voyager and was thought to have reached the Western Hemisphere long before the Vikings. Columba took Celtic Christianity to Scotland and helped to re-establish it in Wales and in the North and West of England. Columbanus was the great Irish missionary to continental Europe, where he and his followers helped to convert the heathen invaders from the East. When Rome, in the person of St. Augustine, Pope Gregory's apostle to the Angles, penetrated again to England, a showdown between Roman and Celtic Christianity was inevitable. The dramatic confrontation occurred at the Council of Whitby in 664. Rome, with its organization and authority, won, and Celtic Catholicism went into eclipse. But some of its influence persisted all over Europe, and it had a large share in shaping the culture that ultimately emerged from the dark ages. This book's fascination is the picture that it gives of the movements of peoples, the shaping of new countries, and the development of ideas during those too-little-known centuries.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
European Backgroundp. 5
Pagan Irelandp. 28
The Awakening of Irelandp. 51
The Sailor Saintp. 74
The Organisation-Abbotp. 100
Iona and Lindisfarnep. 121
Francep. 147
The Path to Romep. 171
Trialp. 189
After the Verdictp. 210
Chronological Tablep. 221
Referencesp. 225
Select Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 233
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