Columbanian monastic rules: dissent and experiment

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Analysis of Columbanus' monastic rules and the four 'Columbanian' monastic rules written after his death: the Regula Donati, the Regula cuiusdam ad virgines, the Regula cuiusdam patris and the fragment De accedendo ad deum. All four texts express different, and to a certain extent contentious claims on Columbanus' heritage and develop their own distinct monastic program. The Regula cuiusdam patris should be read as a voice of dissent against the path Columbanian monasticism took and might be related to the circle around the monk Agrestius. The Regula cuiusdam ad virgines was most likely written by Jonas of Bobbio, the author of the Vita Columbani. The fragment De accedendo ad deum may have been a lost chapter of the Regula cuiusdam ad virgines. As a reflection on the connection between prayer and ascetic achievements De accedendo can be read as a key text on Columbanian monastic theology.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationhe Irish in Europe in the Middle Ages: Identity, Culture, and Religion
EditorsIsabel Moreira, Bonnie Effros
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)1137430591
StatePublished - 2016


  • Merovingian Period
  • Monasticism

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