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Saint Patrick Retold by Dr. Roy Flechner

Saint Patrick Retold

The Legend and History of Ireland's Patron Saint

Dr. Roy Flechner

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 26 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9780691184647

A gripping biography that brings together the most recent research to shed provocative new light on the life of Saint Patrick Saint Patrick was, by his own admission, a controversial figure.

4 stars out of 5
16 Mar 2019

"Roy Flechner shines light into historical shadows engulfing Ireland’s famous saint"

This book is at its most vivid, maybe, as it traces the utility of the saint in more recent times: for example, in 1915, with the war effort still relatively popular, March 17th saw full military parades in a balmy springtime Dublin; but, by 1916, The Irish Times was reporting disapprovingly that “some thousands of able-bodied Irishmen, who refuse to help their country in the present war, paraded the streets of Dublin and Cork”, flaunting their Patrician nationalism for all it was worth. Patrick has lent himself to any number of causes – and one senses that his day is far from done.


4 stars out of 5
14 Mar 2019

"Roy Flechner scrutinises the apostle of Ireland"

Flechner’s authorial aim is both academic and popular: his biography is certainly filled with densely sourced information about the Roman world, and early and middle medieval Christianity. Yet Patrick does come across as a genuinely interesting personality. He suffered many hardships, he was sincerely holy and he was very know-ledgeable about Scripture. His understanding of the Hebrew Bible was such that one scholarly document has suggested he was Jewish — so maybe those green bagels are justified.