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I Am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick and Osian

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St. Patrick of Ireland has been enshrined in myth and history as a benign and beloved figure, a native Irish miracle worker who drove both the snakes and the Druids from his homeland and gently issued in the age of Christianity.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Magonus Succatus Patricius ("Paidrig") was of Roman heritage; captured into slavery in Ireland at the age
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 10th 2001 by Forge Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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This novel presents, in alternating chapters, the story of St. Patrick’s ministry in 5th century Ireland and the storyteller Ossian’s tales of the fianna, ancient Celtic heroes who helped to stabilize and unite the island that became known as Ireland. Those who know St. Patrick only as the saint who drove the snakes from Ireland will be surprised to learn his background. When he was 14, Patrick was kidnapped from England and taken as a slave to Ireland. After six years of bondage, Patrick escape ...more
Account of St. Patrick and fables of Osian and Osian's father, Fion Mac Cumhail (Finn MacCool). Lots of Irish placenames and surnames: feis (fesh) celebration, fidnemid (fid nem eth)sacred grove, samhain (sow ain), Sidha (shee) The Other - also called Tuatha De Danaan - secretive hidden people who loved music and beauty. They were humorous and mischevious and never aged. Tir Nan Og (tee n'an og) place where thee is not sickness or death. Also called the western isle or blessed isle. Crom Cruach ...more
Non lo consiglio. Ho faticato davvero molto a finirlo, pur essendo una vera amante delle leggende celtiche e irlandesi. Ma qui diventa tutto troppo.
E chiaramente è scritto da una fervente cattolica.
Non ho la capacità di analizzare quanto scritto in maniera storica, ma ho avuto comunque la necessità di prendermi lunghissime pause tra un capitolo e un altro.
Insomma, alla fine non ce la si fa più con 'sto Padraig. Più che il santo patrono dell'Irlanda, qui appare come colui che ha distrutto le trad
Mar 23, 2014 Lori added it
DNF. Wanted to read for St. Patrick's Day but I couldnt get into it.
A well told tale--or really, a compilation of well-told tales. Osian, son of Fionn Mac Cumhail, mysteriously arrives at the rough monastery of Padraig (St. Patrick), and through his compelling narrative of his father and the other Fenians, helps Padraig come to understand (and love) the people of Eire. A blending of early Christianity and late Druidism, full of Celtic flavors. It made me long to return to Ireland for a visit!
Jan 28, 2013 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves history and Irish culture.
Recommended to Amanda by: Professor Juilene Osborne-McKnight
So far I have read up to page 75...and am loving every word! While some of the language is old school and there is some Irish vernacular used which can cause it to be a little difficult. However Professor McKnight did a fantastic job creating a glossary int he beginning so that helps with not only definitions but pronunciation as well.
This books has stuck with me since I first read it. I've read it several times since. I think the interweaving of Patrick's story with Osian's story is brilliantly done. There is so much to take away from this book, and the ending - literally, the very last line - is stunning. It will always be one of my favorites!
Took a break from this book early on, because I was enthralled with another series, but I very much enjoyed this piece of fiction. Very clever construction and use of legend within the narrative. Being a Catholic of Irish heritage,I thought it was a neat way to get hints of what could be my history.
I really liked the way that the story weaves the legends of old Ireland with tales of St. Patrick. It shows how old traditions and Christianity were intertwined. This is not a book for historical accuracy, but it is a great story that gives you the spirit of the place.
A story within a story: mix of Irish legend and tales embedded with the Christian legend/history of Patrick.

A good book to read if you're going to spend any time in Ireland--it captures a bit of the ancient history and the Irish love of story-telling.
Reading some Irish literature to prep for our trip to Ireland. Really interesting mix of myth, folklore, and history about Saint Patrick and ancient Ireland.
A light and entertaining read where Irish culture and legends are intertwined with the history and legend of Saint Patrick. Loved it.
Kristy Lee
Good book. I reccomend this too anyone interested in Irish culture. Interesting insights into St. Patrick. Good rich story telling.
Very interesting Saint Patrick book. The quality of the writing could have been better, but it was light, quick, and enjoyable!
This is why I look book groups - I would not have picked this book but really enoyed it! Fun Irish tale!!
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A rich telling of the legends of Ireland... it sweeps you away.
John Hanscom
Abosuletly great, and I learned a little Old Irish.
Tracy Elliott sisson
Gentle, light, read. Well written.
love, love this book
Kathy Davie
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Juilene Osborne-McKnight is a Professor of Celtic Studies and creative writing in the United States. She is the author of the Irish historical novels I am of Irelaunde, Daughter of Ireland, Bright Sword of Ireland and Song of Ireland (MacMillan for Kindle, Nook and i-Pad) and of the forthcoming Borealis Island. You can find out more about her novels at
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