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Ireland’s patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over druids and their supernatural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the Trinity. But his true story is more fascinating than the myths. Late in the fourth century Irish pirates captured a young, British citizen named Patricius from his parents’ Roman villa. The boy was sold into slavery and sent to tend sheep in Ireland. After walking nearly two hundred miles across bogs and mountains to the coast, he managed to escape on a ship full of pagan sailors and returned home to the astonishment of his family. Patrick was destined for the privileged life of nobility but, when he experienced a profound religious awakening, he decided to become a priest and return to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. The Patrick who emerges is even more extraordinary than the patron saint of legend—a passionate, courageous, and very human figure who exerted an incalculable impact on the course of Irish history.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 1/18/2014

    " Another readable St Patrick biography...good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel Alvers | 12/4/2013

    " This is an easy to read biography of the life of Patrick. I enjoyed it a great deal and think anyone would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 11/28/2013

    " Fascinating. What an amazing person! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 11/24/2013

    " Another readable St Patrick biography...good stuff. "

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Author Philip Freeman

Philip Freeman is Qualley chair of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He also served as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2012. He earned the first joint PhD 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, DC. 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.