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Columbanus [St Columbanus, Columban]locked

(d. 615)
  • Rob Meens

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Columbanus [St Columbanus, Columban] (d. 615), missionary and monastic founder, was born in the Irish province of Leinster.

Traditionally Columbanus's date of birth has been assumed to be somewhere about the year 543, though the reliability of this is questionable, since it was established on the basis of a reference in a poem whose former attribution to the saint is now in serious doubt. The first date that can be established with some certainty is that of his arrival in ...

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Monument Germaniae Historica, Scriptores Rerum Merovingicarum