Part one of this work presents a broad view of the life and times of Saint Patrick. Starting with a chapter on Christianity in Ireland before Saint Patrick, F. R. Montgomery Hitchcock then provides a helpful overview of Saint Patrick’s doctrine, writings, life, and mission. Hitchcock addresses several controversial issues surrounding the study of this figure, like his possible identification with Palladius, and offers critical thought on current theories.
Part two moves on to discuss Saint Patrick’s Gallic friends: Martin of Tours, Germanus of Auxerre, and others. Hitchcock also discusses Saint Patrick’s involvement in the great Pelagian controversy which the church did not want to spread to Ireland.
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F. R. Montgomery Hitchcock (1865–1951) was Donnellan Lecturer in the University of Dublin and Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Killaloe. He was also the author of Irenaeus of Lugdunum: A Study of his Teaching and Types of Celtic Life and Art.