St Patrick of Ireland

Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743256344
Release Date: 2005-03-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An authoritative modern portrait of Ireland's patron saint discusses his youth as a Roman citizen and Christian nobleman, his enslavement by Irish pirates, his decision to convert the Irish to Christianity, and the letters that revealed intimate information about his belief system and life in Ireland. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Ireland s Saint

Author: J. B. Bury
Publisher: Paraclete Press
ISBN: 9781557257970
Release Date: 2009-02-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Explore Patrick's place in history, the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire, how Patrick first came to Ireland, the influence of the earlier Palladius on Patrick's work, political and social conditions at that time, and the spiritual battles with the Druids. This 21st century edition now includes notes from other biographers, mystics, historians, and storytellers of Ireland. The ideal place to begin any exploration of a much-loved but little-known saint. "Bury proves to be more than a mere dry historian; he turns out to be a fine storyteller as well, and his accounts of Patrick's spiritual duels with Druid priests for the heart and mind of the Irish king are quite gripping." —History Book Club "Editor-writer Sweeney gives Bury's 1905 biography of the legendary St. Patrick a greater contemporary context in this meticulously researched and presented work.... Bury wrote what Sweeney calls the ‘ideal modern biography' of Patrick.... Sweeney assembles and rearranges material from Bury's original work and incorporates more of Patrick's own words, from his Confession and Letter against Coroticus. Sweeney's light edits to Bury's text clarify exactly what Patrick did in Ireland, noting that although he did convert some pagan kingdoms, he also was responsible for organizing Christians who were already there and connecting the island with the church of the Roman Empire."

Der Sohn der gr nen Insel

Author: Steve Lawhead
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 340415603X
Release Date: 2006-11-14
Genre: Fiction

405 n. Christus: Als der junge Brite Succat von irischen Piraten als Sklave verschleppt wird, ist dies der Beginn eines gewaltigen Abenteuers. Mehrere Fluchtversuche Succats scheitern kläglich; doch als die Lage schon aussichtslos erscheint, erregt Succat die Aufmerksamkeit der Druiden, die ihn in ihre Lehren einweihen. Schließlich kehrt er wieder in seine Heimat zurück, um das Erbe seiner Väter anzutreten - eine Heimat, die in Trümmern liegt. In seiner Verzweiflung macht Succat sich auf eine abenteuerliche Reise quer durch Europa, die ihn über die blutigen Schlachtfelder des von der Völkerwanderung heimgesuchten Galliens bis nach Rom führen wird. Aber was er auch tut, die Sehnsucht nach Irland bleibt, denn tief in seinem Herzen weiß Succat, dass er dort noch eine Mission zu erfüllen hat, wenn der Kreis sich schließen soll. Eine Mission, die Irland für immer verändern wird ...

The Life of St Patrick and His Place in History

Author: John B. Bury
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486144856
Release Date: 2013-02-19
Genre: History

DIVClassic 1905 biography depicts the saint's early life in fourth-century Britain, abduction by Irish raiders, conversion to Christianity, and lifelong efforts to convert pagans and found churches. Extensively researched, clearly written. /div

St Patrick

Author: J.B. Bury
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780857731555
Release Date: 2010-01-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

St Patrick is perhaps the most venerated saint of the modern age, whose feast day is marked each year by massive celebrations across the world, from Dublin to New York and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro. Yet, in spite of his popularity, very little is known of his life, which is clouded by myth and uncertainty. The facts that are known - that he was born in the late fourth century in Roman Britain, was captured by Irish raiders at the age of 16 and sold into slavery, escaped six years later to Britain where he became a priest and later a bishop before returning to Ireland to proselytise - give only a vague sense of the man behind the legends. J.B. Bury’s classic biography, which remains the definitive work on the saint, dispels many of the myths and paints a vivid and exacting portrait of the world around St Patrick, revealing the influences and inspirations that transformed him from a minor fifth century missionary into the patron saint of Ireland and a source of living inspiration for countless people - the Irish above all - some 1,500 years after his death. 'J.B. Bury was a great historian and he remains as readable and provocative as ever.' - Robert Conquest

Patrick

Author: Stephen R. Lawhead
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061749184
Release Date: 2009-03-17
Genre: Fiction

Slave, soldier, lover, hero, saint,—his life mirrored the cataclysmic world into which he was born. His memory will outlast the ages. Born of a noble Welsh family, he is violently torn from his home by Irish raiders at age sixteen and sold as a slave to a brutal wilderness king. Rescued by the king's druids from almost certain death, he learns the arts of healing and song, and the mystical ways of a secretive order whose teachings tantalize with hints at a deeper wisdom. Yet young Succat Morgannwg cannot rest until he sheds the strangling yoke of slavery and returns to his homeland across the sea. He pursues his dream of freedom through horrific war and shattering tragedy—through great love and greater loss—from a dying, decimated Wales to the bloody battlefields of Gaul to the fading majesty of Rome. And in the twilight of a once-supreme empire, he is transformed yet again by divine hand and a passionate vision of "truth against the world," accepting the name that will one day become legend . . . Patricius!

Saint Patrick

Author: William J. Federer
Publisher: Amerisearch, Inc.
ISBN: 0965355756
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This is the real history of the amazing life of St. Patrick that went from tragedy to triumph as he founded 300 churches and reevangelized Europe.

Saint Patrick Retold

Author: Roy Flechner
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691190013
Release Date: 2019-03-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A gripping biography that brings together the most recent research to shed provocative new light on the life of Saint Patrick Saint Patrick was, by his own admission, a controversial figure. Convicted in a trial by his elders in Britain and hounded by rumors that he settled in Ireland for financial gain, the man who was to become Ireland’s patron saint battled against great odds before succeeding as a missionary. Saint Patrick Retold draws on recent research to offer a fresh assessment of Patrick’s travails and achievements. This is the first biography in nearly fifty years to explore Patrick’s career against the background of historical events in late antique Britain and Ireland. Roy Flechner examines the likelihood that Patrick, like his father before him, might have absconded from a career as an imperial official responsible for taxation, preferring instead to migrate to Ireland with his family’s slaves, who were his source of wealth. Flechner leaves no stone unturned as he takes readers on a riveting journey through Romanized Britain and late Iron Age Ireland, and he considers how best to interpret the ambiguous literary and archaeological evidence from this period of great political and economic instability, a period that brought ruin for some and opportunity for others. Rather than a dismantling of Patrick’s reputation, or an argument against his sainthood, Flechner’s biography raises crucial questions about self-image and the making of a reputation. From boyhood deeds to the challenges of a missionary enterprise, Saint Patrick Retold steps beyond established narratives to reassess a notable figure’s life and legacy.

Who was Saint Patrick

Author: E. A. Thompson
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 0851157173
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The classic study of the saint's life, presented with new introduction and bibliography.

Saint Patrick

Author: Jonathan Rogers
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781418584252
Release Date: 2010-03-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Patrick was born the son of privilege and position, but he was only a teenager when he was taken from his home in Roman Britain by marauders and sold into slavery in Ireland. Despite his terrible circumstances, young Patrick did not give way to despair. As he worked as a shepherd in the pastures of his new owner, he kindled the faith he’d inherited from his family and eventually escaped to freedom. Then, after returning home, he experienced a dream that changed everything: God wanted him to go back and take the Gospel to the country of his captors. Patrick heeded the call. Both humble enough to minister to beggars and bold enough to confront kings, Patrick led the Irish through his brave and compassionate service into the Christian faith and baptized thousands. Separating the many myths from the facts, Jonathan Rogers weaves a wonder-filled tale of courage, barbarism, betrayal, and hope in God’s unceasing faithfulness. Countless miracles have been attributed to Saint Patrick, but perhaps one of the simplest and most amazing is that he won the hearts and souls of the same fierce and indomitable people who had enslaved him.

Saint Patrick

Author: Ann Tompert
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 1563979926
Release Date: 2004-11-30
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A picture book biography of the patron saint of Ireland.

Rediscovering Saint Patrick

Author: Marcus Losack
Publisher: Columba Press (IE)
ISBN: 1782180176
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A new theory of the origin of St. Patrick, based upon four years of research, which proposes that St. Patrick was in fact from Brittany.

The Confession of Saint Patrick

Author: John Skinner
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 9780307768841
Release Date: 2010-12-01
Genre: Religion

The autobiography of one of the most popular saints in history, now available in a new translation. Beyond being recognized as the patron saint of Ireland (perhaps for having chased some nonexistent snakes off the Emerald Isle), little else is popularly known about Saint Patrick. And yet, Patrick left behind a unique document, his Confession, which tells us much about both his life and his beliefs. This autobiography, originally written in the fifth century, and short by modern standards, is nonetheless a work that fascinates with its glimpse into the life of an intriguing man, and inspires with its testament of faith. Here, in this new edition from internationally acclaimed translator John Skinner, the character of Patrick, his era, and his world vividly come to life. Also included in this volume is the only other document known to have been written by Patrick, a letter he wrote to the soldiers of Coroticus--also Christians--who had raided parts of Ireland and taken away prisoners who were then sold into slavery. This letter is a wonderful demonstration of Patrick's rhetorical fire. Quite irate, Patrick harangues his fellow Christians, and the results are every bit as autobiographically revealing as the Confession. John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara, provides an insightful foreword that re-creates the unique spirituality of Patrick and of the Irish people, and shows how it applies to our lives today. From the Paperback edition.

The World of Saint Patrick

Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199372584
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The legend of Saint Patrick is irresistibly captivating-he drove the snakes out of Ireland, battled the druids, and used the three-leaf Shamrock to convert the pagan Irish to belief in the Christian Trinity. Yet, as so often happens, these stories are mere myths that fold under closer scrutiny. Snakes never plagued the Irish countryside, and the Emerald Isle's most beloved saint wasn't even Irish but a Briton of the Roman nobility. Fortunately, the truth is even more fascinating. In The World of Saint Patrick, classical scholar Philip Freeman offers the definitive account of Saint Patrick's life through new and vibrant translations of the greatest works of early Christian Ireland. This story of great violence, brutality, and even greater faith begins with two letters Patrick wrote describing his kidnapping by pirates at age sixteen and subsequent slavery. Although his grandfather was a priest and his father a deacon, at the time of his kidnapping Patrick had rejected his childhood faith in favor of atheism. Yet in this deeply moving narrative, Patrick recounts how he regained his faith during his captivity, and how the voice of God guided him both in his escape from bondage and in his eventual return to Ireland as a missionary to the very people who had enslaved him. The World of Saint Patrick delves into colorful tales of Patrick's struggles with pagan kings, soaring hymns of praise, and a prayer of protection against forces of evil such as "the magic of women, blacksmiths, and druids." Freeman also examines the life of Saint Brigid, Ireland's first female saint, and the legendary voyage of Saint Brendan and his monks across the western ocean. Both general readers with an interest in Ireland's saints and scholars studying religion or medieval history will be unable to put down this captivating tale of Ireland's greatest saint and the remarkable times in which he lived.