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Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe

Alexander O'Hara


From 550 to 750 monastic culture became more firmly entrenched in Western Europe. The role of monasteries and their relationship to the social world around them was transformed during this period as monastic institutions became more integrated in social and political power networks. These collected essays focus on one of the central figures in this process, the Irish ascetic exile and monastic founder Columbanus (c. 550–615), his travels on the Continent, and the monastic network he and his Frankish disciples established in Merovingian Gaul and Lombard Italy. The post-Roman kingdoms through wh ... More

Keywords: Columbanus, Columbanian monasticism, early medieval Europe, early medieval Christian practice, seventh century, Merovingian Gaul, early medieval Bavaria, Lombard Italy, social cohesion, exile

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190857967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190857967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander O'Hara, author
Research Fellow, Institut für Mittelalterforschung in the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

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Part I Columbanus in Context

1 Introduction

Alexander O’Hara

Part II The Insular Background

4 Movers and Shakers?

Elva Johnston1

Part III The Frankish World

7 Columbanus and Shunning

Clare Stancliffe

8 Orthodoxy and Authority

Andreas Fischer

Part IV On the Fringe: Columbanus and Gallus in Alamannia

11 Drinking with Woden

Francesco Borri

Part V Lombard Italy and Columbanus’s Legacy

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