See also: Columbanus
(fl. c.550–d. 615)
Irish peregrinus, scholar, abbot and monastic founder known chiefly for his activities in the kingdoms of Merovingian Gaul and Lombard Italy. His foundations included Luxeuil and Bobbio.

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Dúngal of Saint-Denis and Pavia
Dúngal of Saint-Denis and Pavia
(d. after 827/828)
Irish scholar, teacher and poet known for his career on the continent, who was associated with Saint-Denis, Pavia and Bobbio.

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OʼHara, Alexander, Jonas of Bobbio and the legacy of Columbanus: sanctity and community in the seventh century, Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.  
Contents: Introduction: Reading Jonas; 1. Conflicting visions of community: the legacy of Columbanus; 2. New rules: the Agrestius affair and the Regula Benedicti; 3. An Italian monk in Merovingian Gaul; 4. Stilo texere gesta: Jonas the hagiographer; 5. Jonas and biblical stylization; 6. The miracle accounts; 7. Sanctity and community; Epilogue; Appendices (Distribution of biblical quotations and allusions in Jonas's hagiography; The use of the Bible in the Vita Vedastis; The use of the Bible in the Vita Iohannis; The use of the Bible in the Vita Columbani; Miracle accounts in the Vita Columbani; Miracle accounts in Adomnán's Vita Columbae; Miracle accounts in Book II of Gregory the Great's Dialogues; Miracle accounts in the Vita Vedastis; Miracle accounts in Vita Iohannis; Miracles in Muirchú's Vita Patricii; The manuscripts of the Vita Columbani; Graphs of miracle accounts in Vita Columbani); Bibliography.
Gasparri, Stefano, “Columbanus, Bobbio, and the Lombards”, in: Alexander OʼHara (ed.), Columbanus and the peoples of post-Roman Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 243–258.
Stansbury, Mark, “The ‘private’ books of the Bobbio catalogue”, in: Pádraic Moran, and Immo Warntjes (eds), Early medieval Ireland and Europe: chronology, contacts, scholarship. A Festschrift for Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 625–641.  
In the first three hundred years of its history, the library at the monastery founded by Columbanus at Bobbio recorded books held in common, books held by individual monks, and books donated. By examining the books held by individual monks we can identify the books associated with elementary monastic education and duties within the monastery.
OʼHara, Alexander, and Faye Taylor, “Aristocratic and monastic conflict in tenth-century Italy: the case of Bobbio and the Miracula sancti Columbani”, Viator 44:3 (2013): 43–61.  
The Miracula Sancti Columbani offers a unique monastic perspective on monastic/aristocratic conflict in tenth-century Italy, in an area and period in which other narrative sources are lacking. It recalls a translatio strategy to Hugh of Provence’s royal court in 929 in response to the incursions of Bishop Guido of Piacenza. When these events were redacted decades later, a different sort of diocesan threat presented itself-this time by Bishop Giseprand of Tortona, who used his position as abbot of Bobbio to alienate lands. The Miracula reveal a shift in the nature of episcopal ambition towards private patronage, and a proactive (if ever-changing) relationship between “royal” monastery and sovereign, during a time when the landscape of royal power was shifting. Cultic innovations and accompanying hagiographic material provide an often-neglected perspective onto the agency of institutions and the use of institutional memory and the public sphere to negotiate and contest their rights.
Richter, Michael, Bobbio in the early Middle Ages: the abiding legacy of Columbanus, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.
Dunn, Marilyn, “Columbanus, charisma and the revolt of the monks of Bobbio”, Peritia 20 (2008): 1–27.
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