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Arculf (later 7th century), was a monk of Gaul, said by Bede to be a bishop ("Galliarum Episcopus"), who, according to Bede's history of the Church in England (V, 15), was shipwrecked on the shore of Iona, Scotland on his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and was hospitably received by Adamnan, the abbot of the island monastery of Iona from 679 to 704, to whom he gave a detailed narrative of his travels, from which Adamnan, with aid from some further sources, was able to produce a descriptive work in three books, dealing with Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and other places in Palestine, and briefly with Alexandria and Constantinople, called De Locis Sanctis ("Concerning the sacred places"). Many details about Arculf's journeys can be inferred from this text.

Modern references

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

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Further reading

  • 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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