Irish raiders come and he is captured and enslaved. Years of abuse in Ireland, after he was taken there from his homeland during a raid, made him misuse the trust of the druids who had taken him to their home. Find sources: — · · · · January 2011 Stephen R. If Lawhead could do this with the Arthurian legend—making the Christianity, the miracles, the dreams, the desires, the characters very real—what could he do with the life of a real saint? I must give a warning, though. This is likely the period we know the least about, and Lawhead shapes the narrative around four names that have been passed down to us by the pages of history Succast, Magonus, Patricius, Corthirthiac.
Will you help us remain a refreshing oasis in the increasingly contentious arena of modern discourse? And here-in lies the problem. All in all, a lovely book. Here the similarity ends, for the Patrick in this novel is also a Druid, a hero of the Roman army in Gaul, a rising politician in Rome being groomed for the Senate, and a victim of pestilence doctored back to health by an infamous heretic — and all of this, apparently, before the age of thirty. A fictionalized biography of St. He's a liar and a wastrel and the majority of his career is spent being stubborn and trying to manipulate people. And depending upon which perspective you happen to be looking from, the way in which one filters through the complex components of the Celtic Mythology, the legendary stories, and the historical context could produce differing results.
Despondent and bitter, a chance encounter with the monk Pelagius opens his heart momentarily to God's will, where he receives a vision from the people of Ireland to return. Some might even say he is and remains an unlikeable protagonist in this story. His professional writing career began with five busy years as an editor and staff writer for Campus Life magazine. Things are not as he left them when he reaches home and he finds himself in Gaul facing the barbarian hordes. I am not sure how historically accurate this novel is to the tale of St. After a homily on 1 Corinthians 13, St.
I had checked it out from our library and had to renew it in order to finish it. And, he also ignores the prediction that he could become one of the greatest bards among the druids. Lawhead tries to bring him around to sainthood by the end of the book and I was expecting a fairly accurate- but still fictional- account of Patrick's life. If for no other reason, Lawhead should always be remembered for the brilliance of his rendition of the Arthurian legends. Having few options he joins the Roman army, where he distinguishes him mostly through chance, eventually travelling to Rome to attempt to raise funds from the senate out of sympathy for his story as the only survivor of a great battle. All this was possible even though I remained somewhat indifferent to the protagonist with his adolescent whims, lying and inability to think two steps beyond immediate gratification.
Without giving away details, he returns to Ireland in the end to become a Druid and leads the Ceile De into the mission field of Ireland. I decided to read it again while traveling in Ireland, which is context I did not have during my first read-through. During this time we see hints as to his spirituality and his future. Blatantly British and Christian, the Arthurian mythology should have moved Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams dramatically. He eventually returns to Britain; serves for a while as an assistant to Bishop Cornelius, who helps him find his faith again; studies in Gaul; and goes on to Rome, where he becomes a city official, marries and has a daughter. His memory will outlast the ages.
This was my second time reading it. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. Some do so by encountering the grace pouring through Saint David Lawhead uses the older spelling, Dafyd , the first bishop of Wales. It was not at all what I expected. Patrick was, and his story remains somewhat subjective and elusive to modern ears. Only grace can take Patrick further.
I had only read one other Lawhead book and that did not make me a fan. His research into everything from what a small Welsh outpost consisted of to how the Roman Senate functioned was always engaging. . After being befriended by a Druid, Succat goes off to be a servant in the Druid house, and then becomes a Druid himself. During this period he also falls in love with the sister of one of the Druids. Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have been published in twenty-one foreign languages. With grace-filled confidence, Patrick humbles Loegair, the king of Ireland who refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of God.
It isn't until his introduction to the druids tha If you expect a book dealing with what is commonly known about Saint Patrick, this isn't the book you're looking for. After all, they argue, the Roman Catholic Church would never have canonized a druid. Lawhead is a good writer and I have enjoyed many of his books, but I didn't like what he chose to write in this one. Lawhead has been toying with this idea for his last several books, but he seems to give it the greatest weight in this novel. If you expect a book dealing with what is commonly known about Saint Patrick, this isn't the book you're looking for.
Unfortunately, that's where the story ends, as it was originally meant to have a sequel about Patrick's time after his return to Ireland. For another and more important thing: it is involved in, and explicitly contains the Christian religion. However, Succat is an interesting character to get to know and the book is an easy, entert Was disappointed that in reading this book I learned nothing about the actual historical person St. What Lawhead is often very good at is mining the intricacies of an alternative view- point and controversial theories. The heresy taught that God's grace was not necessary for salvation; that man could work his way to heaven alone. In terms of style, flow and narrative, Patrick: Son of Ireland certainly belongs with the best of his overall works. I'm most familiar Lawhead is one of my favorite authors, and he followed through well on this book.