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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 and the Mission to the Bavarians and the Slavs in the Seventh Century

Columbanus and the Mission to the Bavarians and the Slavs in the Seventh Century

(p.165) 9 Columbanus and the Mission to the Bavarians and the Slavs in the Seventh Century
Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe

Alexander O'Hara

Oxford University Press

In the Vita Columbani Jonas of Bobbio convinced his audience that Columbanus was the spiritus rector of the mission to the Bavarians and Slavs in the seventh century. But Columbanus twice turned down missionary activities he had originally or allegedly pursued. When he and his followers reached Bregenz he became involved almost against his will in converting Alemanns. In a vision he gladly accepted angelic advice to leave the Slavic world alone. Nevertheless, Columbanus’s disciple Eustasius of Luxeuil launched a very successful mission to Bavaria and probably founded the oldest Bavarian monastery on Herrenchiemsee. The Slavs still did not know what to do with Western missionaries, deeply frustrating Saint Amandus,whom they did not even care to kill. It took another Irishman, Virgil of Salzburg, to organize the mission to the Carantanians, who became the first Christianized Slavonic people.

Keywords:   Herrenchiemsee, Christianization, Eustasius of Luxeuil, early medieval Bavaria, Luxeuil mission, Slavs, Virgil of Salzburg

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