St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography
Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence.
Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick's life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country.
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Review: St. Patrick of Ireland: A BiographyUser Review - Marge - Goodreads
I really liked this book. It separated fact from myth of this great Irish bishop of British origin. The author gives the reader a good feel for the life of Patrick in the 5th century. The author has interesting insight into early Christianity and life in early Ireland. Read full review
Review: St. Patrick of Ireland: A BiographyUser Review - Joshua D. - Goodreads
Phillip Freeman's biography of St Patrick helps us to know the reality from the legend when it comes to Ireland's patron saint. Lots of great historical background without being dry, direct engagement ... Read full review
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