How the Irish Saved Civilization Character Descriptions

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St. Patrick (Patricius)

The protagonist of this historical work is dispatched to Ireland as the first officially sanctioned missionary in over five hundred years.

St. Augustine of Hippo

In many ways the antagonist in this book, this person invents a doctrine of original sin, which says that any sexual act is inherently sinful.

Augustine of Canterbury

This person is sent to Britain by Pope Gregory I to baptize the king of Kent.


This person is a fifth-century poet from Bordeaux in the province of Gaul.


One of the Irish "White Martyrs," this person leads twelve companions to Gaul ca. 590, where they found monasteries.

St. Columcille (Columba)

Born Crimthann ("Fox") and then renamed, this person chooses monasticism over kingship.

John Scotus Eriugena

This person is known as the greatest Irishman in Charlemagne's court.


Otherwise known as "Lindow Man," this person is found in an English bog...

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