Cummian (c. 591-662)

“Rome is mistaken; Jerusalem is mistaken; Antioch is mistaken; the whole world is mistaken; the Britons and the Irish alone hold the truth.”

  • From Epistola de controversia paschali (PL Ixxxvii, 974), Cummian’s letter to Segene, the abbot of the monastery in Iona, c. 634. Translated by Leo Sherley-Pride, R. E. Latham and D. H. Farmer (Penguin Classics, 2003) in a footnote to their edition of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History.


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