Columbanus's Ulster education

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This chapter looks at the context for Columbanus’s time at Bangor and in particular the possible influence on him of the British bishop Uinniau and his own abbot, Comgall. Uinniau’s network linked him with both the British Church of Gildas and the emerging Uí Néill dynasties, while Comgall was a member of the Cruithnian people of Antrim. By the time Columbanus came within their orbit, both men were located in the core territory of the kingdom of the Ulaid, in modern County Down. The chapter argues that the specifics of the location and personalities involved proved to be defining influences on Coumbanus’s development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationColumbanus and the peoples of post-Roman Europe
EditorsAlexander O'Hara
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780190857998
ISBN (Print)9780190857967
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2018

Publication series

NameOxford studies in late antiquity


  • Columbanus
  • Ulaid
  • Monastery of Bangor
  • British monasticism
  • Bishop Uinniau
  • Iona
  • Columba


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