St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
26 Reviews
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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User 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 Biography

User 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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Contents

Three Escape
43
Six Return to Ireland
67
Patricks Letters 765
165
Irish Names and Words
194
Copyright

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Philip Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was selected as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for January 2012. He earned the first joint Ph.D. in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. The author of several previous books including Alexander the Great, St. Patrick of Ireland and Julius Caesar, he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa. Visit him at PhilipFreemanBooks.com.

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