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Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe$
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Alexander O'Hara

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190857967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190857967.001.0001

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Columbanus’s Ulster Education

Columbanus’s Ulster Education

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Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe

Alexander O'Hara

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the context for Columbanus’s time at Bangor and in particular the possible influence on him of the British bishop Uinniau and his own abbot, Comgall. Uinniau’s network linked him with both the British Church of Gildas and the emerging Uí Néill dynasties, while Comgall was a member of the Cruithnian people of Antrim. By the time Columbanus came within their orbit, both men were located in the core territory of the kingdom of the Ulaid, in modern County Down. The chapter argues that the specifics of the location and personalities involved proved to be defining influences on Coumbanus’s development.

Keywords:   Columbanus, Ulaid, monastery of Bangor, British monasticism, Bishop Uinniau, Iona, Columba

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