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For world civilization (to 1715) courses, history of Christianity courses, medieval history courses and history of religion courses.
A biography of the Irish missionary and saint, Columbanus: Light on the Middle Ages also serves as a guide for understanding the pivotal sixth and seventh centuries, when Roman and barbarian cultures merged in Europe.
Through learning about the life of Columbanus, a highly influential participant in the development of the medieval church and the invigorating transmission of Irish culture to the emerging civilization on the continent, readers gain an understanding of the transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. As a citizen of multiple cultures, Columbanus provides an excellent introduction to an entire era.
Each interpretive biography in the Library of World Biography Series focuses on a person whose actions and ideas either significantly influenced world events or whose life reflects important themes and developments in global history.
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CHAPTER 1 THE MEASURE OF THE MAN
CHAPTER 2 HIS MATRIX
CHAPTER 3 THE CALL
CHAPTER 4 INTO THE MONASTERIES
CHAPTER 5 WHITE MARTYRDOM
CHAPTER 6 AMONG THE MEROVINGIANS
CHATPER 7 BATTLING THE BISHOPS
CHAPTER 8 THE MIRACULOUS MISSIONARY
CHAPTER 9 LANDING IN LOMBARDY
CHAPTER 10 AT REST IN BOBBIO
CHAPTER 11 THE LEGACY
A Note on the Sources
Burnam W. Reynolds
Burnam W. Reynolds has taught at Asbury University for 37 years as a professor of history. His research has centered on issues of early medieval church history, specifically in the Merovingian period, and questions of just war and the use of holy force. He has published articles in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, including his widely read The Mind of Baddo: Assassination in Merovingian Politics (Journal of Medieval History, 1987).
Peter N. Stearns
Peter N. Stearns is a professor of history at George Mason University where he is currently provost with almost 40 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Stearns was chair of the department of history at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon he played a key role in the rise of social and cultural history. In addition, he founded and edited the Journal of Social History. He is active in historical groups such as the American Historical Society, the Society of French Historical Studies, the Social Science History Association and the International Society for Research on Emotion. He attended Harvard College and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In his prolific career as an author and editor, he has written or edited over 100 works of literature. Stearns currently serves as chair of the Advanced Placement World History committee.
…a portrait of Columban that transcends a hagiographical focus on miracles and monastic foundations.
-Dr. Deborah Vess, Georgia College and State University
…well-conceived…well-written and logically laid-out, making it accessible to undergraduates.
-William H. TeBrake, Universityof Maine
The strengths of the work lie in clearly elucidating the complex connections between religion / religious practice and politics in this period of European history. The author also does a very nice job of indicating to the reader what we can and can not know, and what we might assume about Columbanus in his world.
-Erika Lindgren, WartburgCollege
Columbanus does very well what it sets out to do, namely, to be a window on an era by means of biography.
-Dr. Elizabeth Makowski, TexasState University
…an illumination of the life of an intelligent and forceful man in an important moment of transition in the history of Western Civilization.
-Jonathan Scott Perry, University of South Florida-Sarasota
While Columbanus is a new work about the monastic life of one man, it incorporates the nuances of sixth and seventh century social, cultural, intellectual, and political events.
-Anders Michael Kinney, CalhounCommunity College
Lovely writing and use of detail to bridge the gaps between the modern student and the peoples of the past.
-Suzanne Balch-Lindsay, EasternNew MexicoUniversity