Columba's Iona

A New History

By Rosalind K. Marshall

Format: Hardback

Celebrating 1450 years since Columba's arrival on Iona, the Iona Cathedral Trust has commissioned this new history to describe his influence and to discuss developments on Iona since. This includes George MacLeod, the Abbey reconstruction, and the Iona Community.

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Sandstone Press was established in 2002 based on the firm belief that an international publishing house could be based in the Highlands of Scotland. We publish fiction and non-fiction books and ebooks. The company is characterised by high editorial and design standards, internationalism, and a strong engagement with the contemporary world using modern methods. Sandstone Press books have won or been shortlisted for many literary prizes including the Man Booker, Commonwealth, Arthur C Clarke, Creative Scotland, Green Carnation, Saltire Society, Petrona, Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition, Boardman Tasker, Not the Booker, and Desmond Elliott Awards.

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In May 2013 it will be exactly 1450 years since the arrival on Iona of Columba, the imperious and energetic Irishman of royal descent who founded its famous monastery and became Scotland's best known Celtic saint. To celebrate this important anniversary, Iona Cathedral Trust has commissioned a new book by the historian Rosalind K. Marshall. Using a wide variety of sources and taking into account the results of the most recent historical and archaeological research, she charts the many developments on Iona throughout the centuries, investigating why it has had such an enduring influence on Scottish life. In our own apparently secular age, thousands of people visit the tiny and remote Hebridean island each year to experience its unique atmosphere of tranquil spirituality. Columba's wood and wattle buildings have long since vanished, replaced by a Benedictine abbey of stone, but after the Reformation it fell into neglect, languishing for two hundred years as no more than a romantic ruin.


In the early twentieth century, however, it was restored by the Church of Scotland's Iona Cathedral Trust and by the charismatic, controversial George MacLeod, founder of the Iona Community, an experiment in Christian living which flourishes to this day.

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Format Hardback
Imprint Sandstone Press Ltd
Publication Date 16 May 2013
ISBN 9781908737144
Number of Pages 256

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"The legends and tales that have sprung up over the centuries about Columba, including his encounter with the Loch Ness Monster, his strong opinions, and his quick-tempered and fierce condemnation of wrongdoers, are expertly assessed by the author." -- Scottish Life "Scottish Life"

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