As a historian deeply interested in Saint Patrick, but unable to cut through the mystery and controversy of his life and work, Professor J. B. Bury set out to produce an extensive and informed biography of Saint Patrick that would shed light on this significant figure. This methodical examination of Saint Patrick scholarship was intended to present an unbiased look at the fragmented history of Saint Patrick and to sketch a more objective portrait of the man.
Bury begins with a discussion of the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire to set the context of Saint Patrick’s life. The majority of the volume is then spent tracing the life of Saint Patrick from his parentage to his captivity and escape, and on to his journey into the ministry that brought him back to Ireland, where he was formerly enslaved. In addition to a detailed account of the various events in the life and ministry of Saint Patrick, Bury also discusses the political and social climate of Ireland. Bury then discusses the various writings of Saint Patrick and his place and significant in history. Several appendices, including bibliographical information and excurses, are also included.
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J. B. Bury (1861–1927) was regius professor of modern history at King’s College in the University of Cambridge. He received five honorary doctorates from the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. He was a member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences and a fellow of Trinity College at the University of Dublin and King’s College at the University of Cambridge.