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Jonas of Bobbio and the Legacy of Columbanus

Alexander O'Hara


Jonas of Bobbio, writing in the mid-seventh century, was not only a major Latin monastic author but also a historic figure in his own right. Born in the ancient Roman town of Susa in the foothills of the Italian Alps, he became a monk of Bobbio, the monastery founded by the Irish abbot Columbanus, soon after the saint’s death. He became archivist and personal assistant to successive Bobbio abbots, traveled to Rome to obtain the first papal privilege of immunity, and served as a missionary on the northern borderlands of the Frankish kingdom, where he wrote his Vita Columbani, one of the most in ... More

Keywords: Jonas of Bobbio, Columbanus, Vita Columbani, early medieval monasticism, Columbanian, seventh-century hagiography, Merovingian Gaul, Lombard Italy, cult of saints, early medieval Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190858001
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190858001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander O'Hara, author
Research Fellow, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Austria Academy of Sciences