St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography   -     By: Philip Freeman
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St. Patrick has often been regarded as a man principally created from myth and legend. But in St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world to life. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, you'll read the story of the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country. 216 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0743256344
ISBN-13: 9780743256346
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Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence.
Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick's life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country.

Author Bio

Philip Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was selected as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for January 2012. He earned the first joint Ph.D. 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, D.C. 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. Visit him at PhilipFreemanBooks.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Lively and lucid."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"With uncommon insight and clear, unadorned prose, Philip Freeman supplants old myths with a true-life tale no less wondrous....[A] fine biography."
-- Tim McNulty, The Seattle Times
"Mr. Freeman's book succeeds where others have failed by giving us a wholly human portrait of Patrick the boy, the slave and the missionary."
-- Michael Judge, The Wall Street Journal
"Freeman's imaginative but fact-based reconstructions of significant events in Patrick's life, such as his kidnapping, read like the most exciting popular fiction."
-- Library Journal

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  1. Comox, BC
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A solid read and telling of St Patricks Story
    September 9, 2011
    chadb
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    Given the fact that there is little 'factual' writting concerning Patricks life and work in Ireland, Freeman does an incredible job of telling the story. This is a very factual account, but is also filled with thoughts/understanding fueled by Patricks Legacy. Totally worth reading.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 19, 2009
    sjpoff
    Freeman's impeccable writing style and his adherence to historical accuracy make this ann all-time favorite book. It provides wonderful factual information as well as proposed information in between the missing areas. I learned so much from reading this book. I would not, however, recommend it for young teens as the historical setting covers very barbaric details, as it was in those days.
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