Item description for Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick by J. B. Bury & Jon M. Sweeney...
Overview Explores the life of Saint Patrick, his place in history, and the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire.
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.
From Publishers Weekly Editor-writer Sweeney gives Bury's 1905 biography of the legendary St. Patrick a greater contemporary context in this meticulously researched and presented work. An Irish historian, expert on the Greek and Roman empires and a Protestant, Bury wrote what Sweeney calls the "ideal modern biography" of Patrick, the saint often credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. In his work, Bury concurs with various scholars on certain aspects of Patrick's life, but adds his own details and challenges others with sensitivity to the cult of legend and tradition that has become part of the Patrick story. 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. Readers with a scholarly interest in Patrick and Irish history will find this most appealing. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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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.
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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.