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Arculf

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Arculf later 7th century was a Frankish Bishop who toured the Levant in around 680 Bede claimed he was a bishop Galliarum Episcopus According to Bede's history of the Church in England V, 15, Arculf was shipwrecked on the shore of Iona, Scotland on his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land He was hospitably received by Adomnán, the abbot of the island monastery of Iona from 679 to 704, to whom he gave a detailed narrative of his travels Adomnán, with aid from some further sources, was able to produce De Locis Sanctis "Concerning the sacred places", a descriptive work in three books dealing with Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and other places in Palestine, and briefly with Alexandria and Constantinople Bede came to know of this and spoke about him in his Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation Many details about Arculf's journeys can be inferred from this text

Modern referencesedit

Arculf appears briefly as a character in the novel Justinian by H N Turteltaub Harry Turtledove

External linksedit

  • Catholic Encyclopedia: Arculf
  • De locis sanctisdead link English; J R Macpherson translation, 1895
  • Arculfus 1895 Pilgrimage of Arculfus in the Holy Land about the year AD 670 Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society 

Further readingedit

  • Meehan, D ed Adomnan's 'De Locis Sanctis' Dublin, 1958
  • Woods, D ‘Arculf's Luggage: The Sources for Adomnán's De Locis Sanctis’, Ériu 52 2002, 25-52

This article is based on the Public Domain article "Arculf" written in 1907 for the Catholic Encyclopedia

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