Adomnán’s Vita Sancti Columbae, written c. 700, is one of the early group of Irish hagiographies. It consists of short narratives divided by type into three books, and within those books stories are often linked by their theme or certain common motifs – some of which Adomnán comments on explicitly. This paper will examine the structure and narrative sequencing of this text, including a consideration of inconsistencies in Adomnán’s approach and how he attempts to present his work as a unified whole.
In this paper, I discuss the role of food and drink in miraculous healing and punishment. Carolingian hagiographers present a number of cases in which food related illnesses required saintly intervention. Food and drink could also be the direct or indirect object of punishment miracles. These miracles both healed disordered eating and used food and drink as a way of correcting improper human belief or behavior. I argue that through references to food and drink, 9th-century hagiographers expressed broader ideas about physical and spiritual correction inherent in their presentations of saints’s posthumous miracles.