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Against the Tide

Warren Bardsley

The story of Adomnán of Iona

SKU/ISBN: 9781905010240

The second half of the seventh century was a time of great change in Ireland, Scotland and northern Britain, and, as ninth Abbot of Iona and leader of the monastic federation founded by Columba, Adomnán was fully involved in the social and political upheavals taking place. He negotiated the release of Irish hostages held in Northumbria and accompanied them on their journey home to freedom. With great courage and resourcefulness, he sought to change the prevailing warlike culture of his day. His most outstanding achievement was the ‘promulgation’ of the Cáin Adomnáin, a revolutionary law designed to protect non-combatants, especially women, during wartime – a law which in its own day was as significant as the Geneva Conventions or the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and which deserves to take its place alongside those ground-breaking charters for human rights. An outstanding ecclesiastical statesman, theologian and scholar, Adomnán also wrote a biography of St Columba and a book of reference on ‘the holy places’. Adomnán was, supremely, a great human being – fully deserving of the title accorded to him by his contemporaries: ‘Adomnán, the illustrious’.

Against the Tide is an accessible, popular account of Adomnán’s life, with an emphasis on the contemporary significance of his Law of Innocents – a law which many justice and peace groups have recently invoked.

Warren Bardsley is a member of the Iona Community, a retired Methodist minister and a graduate of the Celtic Christianity programme at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

All royalties from this book will go to the Iona Community’s ‘Growing Hope Appeal’.

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Subline The story of Adomnán of Iona
Authors Bardsley, Warren
Author(s) Warren Bardsley
ISBN 9781905010240
Date Added 10 Feb 2009


Comments on Against the TideReview by David Adam
'It is a great delight to have a life of Adomnán that is so easily accessible to the ordinary reader – and with a seeking to involve the reader in the thoughts and actions. Adomnán does not deserve the neglect from history that he seems to have suffered from. … Not only do I congratulate Warren Bardsley on his work, I recommend it to all who are interested in the early life and history of our land.' (Posted on 04/12/2012)

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