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Life of Saint Columba Apostle of Scotland

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In "Life of Saint Columba Apostle of Scotland," Frances Alice Forbes offers a detailed and compelling account of the life of the beloved Scottish saint. From his early days as a monk to his missionary work in Scotland, Forbes expertly weaves together historical facts and legends to paint a vivid picture of Columba's unwavering faith and dedication to spreading Christianity. The author's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this biography a captivating read for both scholars and general readers alike. Throughout the book, Forbes provides valuable insights into the cultural and political landscape of early medieval Scotland, shedding light on the important role that Columba played in shaping the country's religious identity. Overall, "Life of Saint Columba Apostle of Scotland" is a well-researched and thoughtfully written biography that offers a comprehensive look at the life and legacy of one of Scotland's most revered saints.

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Saint Columba (521 – 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He is the Patron Saint of Derry. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

Columba reportedly studied under some of Ireland's most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions crossed to Dunaverty near Southend, Argyll in Kintyre before settling in Iona in Scotland, then part of the Irish kingdom of Dál Riata, where they founded a new abbey as a base for spreading Christianity among the northern Pictish kingdoms who were pagan. He remained active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns may be attributed to him.

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