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James Fraser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612314

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.001.0001

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Word and Example: Columba in Northern Britain

Word and Example: Columba in Northern Britain

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(p.94) Chapter 4 Word and Example: Columba in Northern Britain
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From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795
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James E. Fraser

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.003.0005

The story of Columba and the Picts is nothing like as straightforward as conventional narratives have long held. Its place in Scottish history requires careful rethinking. A fine scholar, a committed advocate of a certain kind of monastic life, and a close relative of mighty kings, Columba may have visited Moray. He may have founded monasteries there. He may have evangelised in their neighbourhoods. On balance, however, the thin evidence is rather better that Columba went to Atholl and that he behaved there much as Columbanus did in Burgundy. There can be no doubt that he consorted with kings, and that he did have a strong message for Pictish ears, if monastic ones.

Keywords:   Columbia, missionary, Picts, Scottish history, monastic life

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