By E.A. Thompson
We all know of St Patrick, yet what can we learn about him? easily that it was once he who `converted the Irish to Christianity'. The unusual truth is that for 2 hundred years or so after his loss of life, even if his identify was once remembered with appreciate, every thing else approximately him used to be forgotten. E.A. Thompson items jointly the tale of his existence, drawing his proof from the sole clues that exist, Patrick's personal writings, now not from the later Lives. He finds him as coming from a well-to-do nominally Christian kinfolk in Britain, being captured via Irish raiders and compelled into slavery in Co Mayo, changing to a so much earnest Christianity, and finally escaping from eire to the success of his calling. As a bishop, he's proven to were a guy of profound originality, and his writings - his Confession and his Letter to Coroticus - additional reveal his personality. it really is no shock host of legends grew to become hooked up to his identify, and the biography is done with a glance at a few of these early legends. Preface to paperback variation via COLMAN ETCHINGHAM, Maynooth.E.A. THOMPSON was once Professor of Classics at Nottingham collage.