Iona - The earliest poetry of a Celtic monastery by Thomas Clancy, Gilbert Markus

By Thomas Clancy, Gilbert Markus

8 infrequent poems, written at Iona monastery among 563AD and the early eighth century, translated from the unique Latin and Gaelic and entirely annotated with literary commentary.

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By citing both parties the compilers appear to accept the authority of Christian leaders on both sides of the dispute. This need not surprise us, since all the 'Celtic' churches shared the same faith and quoted the same authorities in almost every respect, however they calculated Easter. But perhaps this even-handedness reflects a positive attempt in the early eighth century to put aside old animosities and build a new consensus. 6. The Iona Chronicle It is the custom of most monasteries, even today, to keep a record of the events which impinge on them year by year.

Iona's devotion ;34 THE EAHLIEST POETHY OF IONA to the Mother of God is manifest in the images of herself with her child on two of the eighth-century crosses of Iona. These are among the oldPst icons of Mary known in these islands, just as Cu Clmim1w's hymn, Cantcmus, is one of the oldest evidences of Marian liturgy, and they bear a resemblance to the image of the Virgin and Child in the Book of Kells. Adommin tells a story about an ikon of the Virgin in De Locis Sanctis. 143 Devotion to Mary in the western churches had been enhanced by Pope Sergius I (d.

Vita Columbae The 'Life of Saint Columba' is one of the great works of the early medieval Irish church. Adomnan drew his inspiration from existing texts about Columba, from the oral tradition about him in the monastery and elsewhere, and from certain literary sources which he had evidently read - some of which will be identified and discussed in Part Four. The Life is by far our richest source of information about the early monastic life on Iona. Whatever the reader's opinion of its miracle stories, its glimpses of monks at prayer, at work, dealing with outsiders and with each other, offer countless insights into daily life in early Irish monasteries.

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