The vernacular Life of Adamnán of Iona, here edited by Máire Herbert and Pádraig Ó Riain, is one of the latest of the pre-Norman biographies of Irish saints. It was written about 950, probably at Kells in co. Meath, which had by then taken over from Iona as the leading Columban church. The Life addresses issues of obvious topical importance to this church, such as its relations with mostly local kings.
About the authors
Máire Herbert is the head of Scoil Léann Na Gaeilge and Professor of Early and Medieval Irish at University College Cork. Her research interests include Irish literary and cultural history of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, early Irish saints’ lives, and Irish-Scottish contacts in the pre-Norman era. She has contributed to Codices Hibernenses Eximii I: Lebor na hUidre (2015) and Treasures of the Royal Irish Academy Library (2009).