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Published: 12 July 2018

344 Pages


ISBN: 9780190858001

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Jonas of Bobbio and the Legacy of Columbanus

Sanctity and Community in the Seventh Century

Alexander O'Hara

Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity

  • The first major study devoted to Jonas of Bobbio, his corpus of three saints' Lives, and the Columbanian familia, explores the development of the Columbanian monastic network and its relationship to its founding saint
  • Argues against the consensus that the work was a dual project of Luxeuil and Bobbio aimed at creating a new identity for the modified Columbanian monasticism of Jonas's day
  • The book presents a fundamentally new reading, seeing the "Vita Columbani" as a subtle and clever critique of the changes that had taken place in the Frankish communities since Columbanus's death