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How the Irish Saved Civilization Characters & Character Analysis

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St. Patrick (Patricius)

The protagonist of this historical work (if a history can be said to have one), Patrick is born somewhere in what is now England to a well-to-do Romanized family, An Irish slave raid, ca. 401 CE, sweeps him up as a sixteen-year-old bound for a classical education and career. He is deposited in Ireland, perhaps in Antrim, ruled by King Miliucc. Hunger and nakedness as a shepherd-slave become his life in "unholy Ireland" for seven years. In a vision, Patricius is told by God to board a ship to the continent and escape. Near death from starvation, wandering through a "desert"-perhaps the desolation left by marauding Germans-Patrick receives a vision they will be saved. He enters seminary, ill-prepared, and is ordained successively deacon, priest, and bishop. Before his diaconal ordination, he confesses to a friend some terrible incident in his past...

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