The Quest of Three Abbots: The Golden Age of Celtic Christianity

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SteinerBooks, 1994 - Religion - 240 pages
This lively and original account of early Celtic Christianity provides a history of the growth and development of the Celtic church. Focusing on the biographies of Saints Brendan, Columba, and Columbanus, the author tells their stories against the background of European history. These three celebrated "wanderers for Christ" followed their destinies in different, but epoch-making, ways: Brendan to America, Columba to Iona, and Columbanus to continental Europe. As we read their stories, we come to understand the power and fascination of the Celtic Christian spirit.

This absorbing account of three Celtic saints instrumental in the development of Celtic Christianity in the 5th and 6th centuries will connect the reader to deep sources of inspiration.


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A popular history of the Early Medieval conversion movement of the Irish church. St. Brendan (484-577), St. Columba (521-597) and St. Columbanus (543-615) all get their due. To some degree it is a rationalization of the received hagiographies. Read full review

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