Adomnan of Iona Bibliography

An updated bibliography from my old website. There will be a permanent link on the Adomnan page in the left margin of Heavenfield.

Primary Sources

Sharpe, Richard. Editor and translator. (1995)Adomnan of Iona: Life of St. Columba. Penguin.

Anderson, A.O. and Anderson, M.O. ed. and trans., Revised by M.O. Anderson. (1991) Adomnan’s Life of Columba Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Anderson, A.O. (1922) Early Sources in Scottish History Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. (Irish Annals etc)

Bede Ecclesiatical History of the English People. (1994) Edited by Judith McClure and Roger Collins. Oxford University Press.

Carey, John (1998) King of Mysteries: Early Irish Religious Writings Dublin: Four Courts Press. (Fis Adomnain: The Vision of Adomnan, 10-11th century)

Herbert, Maire and Padraig O’Riain (1988) Betha Adamnain: The Irish Life of Adamnan Irish Texts Society.

Macpherson, James R., trans.  (1895)ThePILGRIMAGE OF ARCULFUS IN THEHOLY LAND (ABOUT THE YEAR A.D. 670). Palestine Pilgrim’s Text Society. [Adomnan’s De locis sanctis]

Meehan, Denis, trans., De Locis Sanctis (Scriptores Latini Hiberniae 3. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1958).

Meyer, Kuno (1905) Cain Adamnain: An Old Irish Treatise on the Law of Adamnan Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Ni Dhonnchadha, Mairin (2001) “The Law of Adomnan: A Translation”, p. 53-68 in Adomnan at Birr, AD 697: Essays in Commemoration of the Law of the Innocents. Thomas O’Louglin, editor. Four Courts Press. (partial translation, sections 28-53)

Secondary Sources

Broun, Dauvit and Thomas Owen Clancy, Editors. (1999) Spaes Scotorum (Hope of the Scots): Saint Columba, Iona and Scotland. Edinburgh: T & T Clark.

Duncan, Archibald A.M. (1981) “Bede, Iona, and the Picts” p. 1-42 in The Writing of History in the Middle Ages: Essays Presented to Richard William Southern Edited by R.H.C. Davis and J.M. Wallace-Hadrill. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Fraser, James E. (2002) The Battle of Dunnichen, 685. Tempus. (King Bridei who won the battle was reputed to have been a friend of Adomnan).

Herbert, Maire (1988) Iona, Kells, and Derry. Oxford.

Herbert, Maire (2001) “The World of Adomnan” p. 33-41 in Adomnan at Birr, AD 697: Essays in Commemoration of the Law of the Innocents. Thomas O’Louglin, editor. Four Courts Press.

MacDonald, Aidan (1997) “Adomnan’s Monastery of Iona” p. 24-44 in Studies in the Cult of Saint Columba Cormac Bourke, Editor. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

MacQueen, John (1989) “The Saint as a Seer: Adomnan’s Account of Columba” p. 37-51 in The Seer in Celtic and Other Traditions. Hilda Ellis Davidson, ed. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers, Ltd.

Ni Dhonnchadha, Mairin (1982) ‘The Guarantor List of Cain Adomnain, 697′ Peritia 1: 178-215.

Ni Dhonnchadha, Mairin (2001) “Birr and the Law of the Innocents”, p. 13-23 in Adomnan at Birr, AD 697: Essays in Commemoration of the Law of the Innocents. Thomas O’Louglin, editor. Four Courts Press.

O’Loughlin, Thomas. (1992) “The Exegetical Purpose of Adomnan’s De Locis SanctisCambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 24: 37-53.

  • (1994) “The library of Iona in the late seventh century: the evidence of Adomnan’s De locis sanctisEriu 45:33-54.
  • (1995) “Adomnan the illustrious” Innes Review 46:1-14.
  • (1996) “Adomnan and Mira RotunditasEriu 47: 95-99.
  • (1996) “The View for Iona: Adomnan’s mental maps” Peritia 10:98-122.
  • (1997) “Adomnan and Arculf: The Case of an Expert Witness” Journal of Medieval Latini 7:127-146.
  • (1997) “Adomnan’s De Locis Sanctis: A Textual Emendation and an Addition; Source Identification” Eriu 45:37-40.
  • (2000) Celtic Theology: Humanity, World and God in Early Irish Writings. Continuum.
  • (2001) “Adomnan: A Man of Many Parts” p. 41-52 in Adomnan at Birr, AD 697: Essays in Commemoration of the Law of the Innocents. Thomas O’Louglin, editor. Four Courts Press.
  • editor, (2001) in Adomnan at Birr, AD 697: Essays in Commemoration of the Law of the Innocents. Four Courts Press.
  • (2007) Adomnán and the Holy Places: The Perceptions of an Insular Monk on the Location of the Biblical Drama (T. & T. Clark, London).

Picard, Jean-Michel (1982) “The Purpose of Adomnan’s Vita ColumbaePeritia 1:160-77.

  • (1984) “Bede, Adomnan, and the Writing of History” Peritia 3:50-70.
  • (1984) “The Metrical Prose of Adomnan’s Vita Columbae : an Unusual System”, p. 258-271 in Ireland and Europe: The Early Church P. Ni Chathain and M. Richter, eds. Stuttgart: Klett Cotta Verlag.editor.
  • (1991) Ireland and Northern France AD 600-850 Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Richter, Michael. (1999) Ireland and her Neighbors in the Seventh Century New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Sayers, William (1993) “Spiritual Navigation in the Western Sea: Sturlunga Saga and Adomnan’s Hinba” Scripta Islandica 44:30-42.

Sharpe, Richard (2000) “The Thriving of Dalriada” p. 47-61 in Kings, Clerics, and Chronicles in Scotland 500-1297: Essays in honour of Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday Simon Taylor, Editor. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Smyth, A. (1984) Warlords and Holymen: Scotland AD 80-1000. Edinburgh University Press.

Skene, William F. (1876, Reprint 1971) Celtic Scotland: A History of Ancient Alban Volume I: History and Ethanology. NewYork: Books for Libraries Press.

  • (1877, reprint 1971) Celtic Scotland: A History of Ancient Alban Volume II: Church and Culture. New York: Books for Libraries Press.

Williams, A. , Smyth, A. and Kirby, D.P. (1991) A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain: England, Scotland, and Wales c500-c1050. London: Seaby Publishers.

Wetherill, Jeffrey (2003) “Adomnan, Iona and the Life of Columba: Their Place Among the Continental Saints” The Heroic Age. Issue 6.

Wooding, Jonathan M with R. Aist, T.O. Clancy, & T. O’Loughlin. Eds. (2010). Adomnan of Iona: Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker. Four Courts Press. [Collection of papers from the conference on Adomnan of Iona 704 – 2004]

  • Adomnan and Donegal by Brian Lacey
  • Adomnan at the Court of King Aldfrith by Barbara Yorke
  • Charity with peace: Adomnan and the Easter question by Clare Stancliffe
  • Adomnan and the art of teaching spiritual sons by Jennifer O’Reilly
  • Adomnan and the mortality of war by James Fraser
  • Adomnan in medieval Gaelic literary tradition by Thomas Owen Clancy
  • Adomnan among the bird-hunters: tradition and creativity in ‘Beannachadh Seilg’ by Mary Law
  • The archaeology of writing in the time of Adomnan by Ewan Campbell
  • Adiutor Laborantium – A poem by Adomnan? by Gilbert Markus
  • Adomnan, Arculf, and the source material of De Locis sanctis by Rodney Aist
  • The De Locis sanctus as a litergical text by Thomas O’Loughlin
  • On the circumstances of Adomnan’s composition of the De Locis sanctis by David Woods
  • The structure and purpose of Adomnan’s Vita Columbae by T. M Charles-Edwards
  • Adomnan’s Vita Columbae and the early churches of Tiree by Aidan Mac Donald
  • Adomnan’s voyaging saint: the cult of Cormac Ua Liathain by Dan Tipp and Jonathan Wooding
  • The anti-Pelagian motif of the ‘naturally good’ pagan in Adomnan’s Vita Columbae by Tomas O’Sullivan
  • Heavenly apparitions and heavenly life in Adomnan’s Vita Columbae by Katja Ritari
  • Visions of divine light in the writings of Adomnan and Bede by Stephan Sharman

Woods, David. (2002) “Arculf’s Luggage: The Sources for Adomnán’s De Locis Sanctis Ériu 52: 25-52.

  • (2002) “Four Notes on Adomnan’s Vita ColumbaePeritia 16: 40-67.

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