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Who was Saint Patrick?

Author: E A Thompson
Publisher: Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Everyone knows of St. Patrick, but what do we know about him? Simply that it was he who 'converted the Irish to Christianity'. The strange fact is that for two hundred years or so after his death, although his name was remembered with respect, everything else about him was forgotten." "E. A. Thompson pieces together the story of his life, drawing his evidence from the only real clues that exist, Patrick's own  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Patrick, Saint; Patrick, saint; Patrick, Saint; Patrick, (saint ;
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E A Thompson
ISBN: 0851157173 9780851157177
OCLC Number: 41932460
Notes: Previously published: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 1986. With new pref.
Description: xxxii 190 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Birth and family --
Enslavement --
Family --
Birth --
His boyhood sin --
2. Slavery and escape --
A slave in Ireland --
The escape to the sea --
The voyage and the desert --
The second enslavement --
An adventurous theory 3. The return home --
The return home --
Education and language --
Dreams --
4. Palladius --
Palladius and Pelagius --
Palladius and Ireland --
Christianity among the northern barbarians --
Christian missions 5. Patrick appointed bishop --
Patrick's narrative --
The meaning of the narrative --
Bishop at last --
6. The mission to the Irish --
The aims of the new bishop --
Patrick's achievement --
Finances 7. The confession --
The character of the Confession --
Patrick and nationalism --
What readers is Patrick addressing? --
8. Coroticus --
Who was Coroticus? --
Patrick and the epistle --
9. Conclusion.
Responsibility: E.A. Thompson ; with a new preface by Colmán Etchingham.

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