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

By J. B. Bury & Jon M. Sweeney (Editor)
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Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN  1557255571  
EAN  9781557255570  

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Explores the life of Saint Patrick, his place in history, and the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire.

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Discover how a boy became devoted to the people who enslaved him, returned to their shores, and changed Ireland forever...

He was taken from his home in England and dragged across the sea to Ireland. When he escaped, he traveled on the European continent, lived for a while as a monk, and then returned as a missionary to the people who had enslaved him.

Many legends surround the life of St. Patrick. He competed with Druids and negotiated with tribal leaders. He traveled all over the emerald isle bringing both Christianity and the Roman Empire to its shores. J. B. Bury, the first modern biographer of St. Patrick, sought to find the man beneath the layers of myth and legend. Explore Patrick's place in history, the influence of earlier Christians on Patrick's work, the political and social conditions in the Roman Empire at that time, and much more.

This new edition of Bury's classic biography has been re-edited, introduced by Jon M. Sweeney, and includes sidebar notes from other biographers, mystics, historians, and storytellers of Ireland.

Praise for Jon M. Sweeney's biography of St. Francis of Assisi:

“There is no sounder introduction to Francis' life.” – Catholic News Service

“This new and updated edition…is nothing short of astonishing in its power to touch the heart and revive the soul.” –St. Anthony Messenger

“Sweeney achieves a fine balance between excellent scholarship and sweet accessibility for every average reader.” –Walter Wangerin, Jr.

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More About J. B. Bury & Jon M. Sweeney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Bagnell Bury was an accomplished Irish Protestant scholar who taught at Trinity College, Dublin, and was regius professor of modern history at Cambridge University from 1902 until his death. A prodigious writer, his scholarly works ranged from volumes on classical Greece and the Roman Empire to a history of the 19th century papacy, and studies of the Byzantine Empire.

J. B. Bury was born in 1861 and died in 1927.

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A vivid and human picture of the man who's responsible for the importance of March 17th  Dec 9, 2008
There was an Ireland before St. Patrick, but he changed Ireland into the course it is on today. "Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick" is a scholarly examination of the Saint who is Ireland's most famous saint. Coming to the island from the Roman Empire over a thousand years ago, he brought Christianity to the island and did what he could to compete with the Druidic shamans and bring peace to the warring clans. "Ireland's Saint" is a vivid and human picture of the man who's responsible for the importance of March 17th.
Authentically Illuminating  Nov 10, 2008
Separating myth from man is never an easy task, and St. Patrick lived during a time when both life and legend were considered part of history. Jon Sweeney provides authentic context and thoughtful illumination for Bury's 1905 scholarly biography of Patrick. The result is a wonderful tale of a humble, heroic and heart-led man.
What It Means to be Irish  Oct 15, 2008
A very readable and enjoyable book. It wasn't clear how much was edited out of the The Life Of St. Patrick And His Place In History, but the marginal notes made me feel the book was up to date. I was glad to learn about the history of Ireland. I didn't know Ireland was converted to Christianity before England. The book also shed light on the so-called fall of the Roman Empire.

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