Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick

Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick

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by J. B. Bury
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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."

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The late Irish Anglican classicist J.B. Bury wrote this biography in 1905 and titled it The Life of Saint Patrick and His Place in History, studying Patrick's life and mission for the light it could shed on the further reaches of the Roman Empire of his time. Bury's intent was to produce a study based on what could be known with a degree of certainty. In the process, he overturned much of what had been thought about Patrick's life. Since 1905, new information has come to light. Sweeney, who edited Francis Sabatier's 1894 biography of St. Francis of Assisi in much the same way, takes Bury's original text and fashions a contemporary English rendering from it, making the last chapter the first and also adding sidebars that highlight recent scholarship and provide new insights into Patrick's life and thought. While scholarly, this edition will also appeal to a popular audience. Libraries may have R.C.P. Hanson's Life and Writings of the Historical St. Patrick(1983) and Patrick's own The Confession of St. Patrick and Letter to Coroticus, available in translation. This edition of Bury is recommended for comprehensive collections, while Hanson is sufficient for other libraries.
—Augustine J. Curley

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Editor-writer Sweeney gives Bury's 1950 biography of the legendary St. Patrick a greater contemporary context in this meticulously researched and presented work.

---Publishers Weekly

Bury and Sweeney have studied St. Patrick and the culture surrounding him. They are able to present an extensive portrait of St. Patrick beyond the myth that surrounds him.

-- St. Anthony Messenger

 

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557257970
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
857,814
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

J. B. Bury (1861-1927) was an Irish historian, and an expert on the Greek and Roman Empires, the Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University, and the author of many scholarly works, including History of the Later Roman Empire (still in print), Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians (recently reissued), and the present biography of St. Patrick.

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Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CBWA More than 1 year ago
I liked learning about the Saint and his life. I had known little of him prior to spending time with this book.......at times the details were tedious, but the time invested was worth it.