Disputing Columbanus’s Heritage: The Regula cuiusdam patris (with a Translation of the Rule)
Columbanus, Monastic Rules, Early Middle Ages, Irish Monasticism
Syracuse University, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Christianity | European History | History | History of Christianity | History of Religion | Medieval History | Medieval Studies | Other Classics
This article analyzes the 7th-century Regula cuiusdam patris, a monastic Rule produced shortly after the death of the Irish monastic founder Columbanus (d. 615). It is, as I argue, a strong voice of dissent in the struggle who could claim Columbanus' legacy. The author develops a concept of monastic life and a theological program that is vastly different from the monastic ideal proposed in Jonas of Bobbio's Life of Columbanus. It shows similarity to the viewpoints ascribed to Agrestius who had launched a rebellion against Columbanus' successor Eusthasius of Luxeuil. The Rule may have been written by Agrestius himself or one of his followers.
The article provides the first English translation of the Regula cuiusdam patris.
Diem, Albrecht, "Disputing Columbanus’s Heritage: The Regula cuiusdam patris (with a Translation of the Rule)," in Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe, ed. Alexander O'Hara, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018, 259-306. DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190857967.003.0015
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