Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick
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Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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The Road to Siena: The Essential Biography of St. CatherineEdmund G. Gardner, Jon M. SweeneyParaclete Press / 2009 / Hardcover$19.79 Retail:
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The most important biography of St. Patrick of Irelandnow in PB!
Explore Patricks place in history, the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire, how Patrick first came to Ireland, the influence of the earlier Palladius on Patricks 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.
"Bury proves to be more than a mere dry historian; he turns out to be a fine storyteller as well, and his accounts of Patricks spiritual duels with Druid priests for the heart and mind of the Irish king are quite gripping."History Book Club
"Editor-writer Sweeney gives Burys 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 Burys original work and incorporates more of Patricks own words, from his Confession and Letter against Coroticus. Sweeneys light edits to Burys 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."
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. Jon M. Sweeney is best known for his editing of Sabatiers classic biography, The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis, which sold more than 40,000 copies and was a featured selection of The History Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club.
Editor-writer Sweeney gives Bury's 1950 biography of the legendary St. Patrick a greater contemporary context in this meticulously researched and presented work.
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
chadbComox, BCAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5A factual, Historical telling of Patrick's storySeptember 9, 2011chadbComox, BCAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This book is obviously a standard in the area of study concerning St. Patricks life and impact on Ireland. It is a very factual telling of the story, and the addition of new notes and additional info in the margins helps to fill out the story a bit.
There is a concerning lack of willingness to embrace some of the more 'unexplainable' pieces/stories that surround Patrick's life, and so may miss a bit of what it is to tell His story well.
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