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This is the story of a very human, fallible but courageous and indomitable man, born an Irish prince in the troubled and pagan sixth century, who rejected the high kingship of all Ireland to be an abbot.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Hodder & Stoughton
(first published 1st 1987)
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This particular book was a bit dry but then Tranter is also dealing with a time where it's hard to separate fact from myth and legend. Columba spends more of his traveling the length and breadth of Dalriada & Alba which leaves him continually short of clergy to help spread God's word. In the latter part of the book Tranter has Columba admit that he finds instructing rather tedious and he'd rather be out and about, but at the same time he can't be continually sending to Ireland for trained cl ...more
Nigel Tranter OBE was a Scottish historian and author.More about Nigel Tranter...