... And traditions mostly does not make it the Armoric one, but rather the one later settled by English and Scoti (i e Irish) warlords who changed the formerly British tongue of most subjects, except in Wales. I e the Island known as Great Britain. So, I will not recommend a thesis saying St Patrick was from Armoric Britain, now known as Bretagne. Does that mean I discourage each and every book that has this thesis in it? Not so!
I have not yet read the book by Rev. Philip Lynch C. Sp. S. which was completed by his nephew James Lynch who paid me a beer or two in Paris some while ago - same beer as I toasted to Tolkien in Irish Cider this 3 of January (and the city where is patron saint she who is also saint of that day). The main asset, despite the unfortunate attempt to accomodate Armorican claims to have Bannavem Taburinde or Bannavem Tiburniae (unfortunate unless they found such a place name there, that is), is that it is based in 64 Irish Bishops' Lives of Saint Patrick. Now, for St Genevieve the Bollandists offer only two lives - with an appendix about her head relic that was stolen and reconvered when Vikings raided Paris - and here is a book offering 64 lives or the compendial summary of such. But I will now leave the word to James Lynch for his book review and ordering info:
Book Press Release
A new book “Saint Patrick After The Ancient Narrations” by Rev. Philip Lynch C.S.Sp. has just been published by his nephew James Lynch. The story of our National Saint has been directly transcribed from the ancient narratives with suitable commentary, nonetheless in agreement with the ancient narrators. No less than 64 Bishop-Saints wrote several lives of Saint Patrick. Our National Saint was British, hails from Armoric Britain, present day Northern France, spent 60 years on mission to our Isle where he consecrated 355 bishops and ordained 3000 priests.
Hardly a district in Ireland was not visited and blessed by our National Saint as he travelled by chariot preaching, baptizing, healing, blessing and chastising in some cases. Read about the plots on his life, his promises secured from God for the Irish, his way of converting the Gaels, the many relics he got from Rome and elsewhere, the many writings sayings and relics he left to the future Church in Ireland. Many of his own family accompanied him as bishops, priests, nuns and lay, becoming saints also.
He taught the Trinity, unity with Rome, the importance of prayer and fasting, and was easily understood by the Irish as he had the Gaelic language unlike many of his predecessors. Pope Saint Celestine commissioned Patrick, formerly called Sigerson, in the 4th year of his Pontificate to evangelize the Irish with suitable powers and materials. His life's work was written in his time by Brogan his scribe and faithfully transcribed in the monasteries for posterity, such writings being the basis for this book.
We have not been taught the whole story of Saint Patrick and in this Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI what better time to get to know our great National Saint. We believe Patrick brought the Faith to Ireland thus are we to be surprised he continues to have an interest in our spiritual welfare.
€20 includes p+p.
The problem with Armoric Britain, except for it not yet being called Britain probably in Saint Patrick's day, but Armorica, is also that St Patrick identifies as a former countryman to a British warlord who raided Ireland and made slaves from among the newly baptised Irish. His words are "I count you no longer a countryman of mine, but a compatriot of the devil" and a few more words like that. He was not very fond of slave hunters, for understandable reasons. Now such a crook would have maybe had more anarchic freedom and possibly also better sea voyage for his pirate ships if acting from the Strathclyde area than from Bretagne. But do not let that deter you from buying an otherwise probably excellent book, written by a remaining Traditional Catholic among the non-FSSPX Holy Ghost Fathers and his nephew, and based on the lives of 64 Bishop Saints./HGL