"[...] a thoughtful and deeply appreciative study of an important center of religion and learning that has been in meaningful dialogue with the secular world for almost 1,500 years."
- Charles Hilken, American Benedictine Review, Vol. 73, No. 4
''Rennie’s book provides a compelling history of a unique place on earth, which has been and still is invested with a variety of meanings.''
- Sven Meeder, Radboud University Nijmegen, Early Medieval Europe, 2023, Vol. 31, No. 2