the life of St. Patrick

Sometimes, historical research leaves me seeing novels everywhere.

This is what I could find on St. Patrick, who was born in 387 C.E..

Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat and he took the name Patricus when he became a priest.

At age 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and made a slave; he served as a shepherd in Ireland for six years, where he learned to speak Irish. He also became a devout Christian while a slave, and had a dream that told him to leave Ireland aboard a ship. He escaped, found a ship, and returned home to Britain, where he became a priest and studied in a French monastery. He was later sent back to Ireland to covert the inhabitants to Christianity. He died on March 17th, though the year is not confirmed (I found several sources that gave different dates).

Doesn’t this sound a bit like the plot to a romance novel? Except that there’s no heroine. Perhaps a spunky Irish lass who is defending her lands from the interlopers….

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
This entry was posted in holiday. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to the life of St. Patrick

  1. Jenna Reynolds says:

    You gotta love history for story ideas. :)

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    I suppose it couldn’t ACTUALLY be a saint as the hero…but maybe someone like him.

  3. Jenna Reynolds says:

    Though I have to admit there’s something rather challenging about the idea of writing the saint as a hero. But, yeah, maybe a bit too out there.

Comments are closed.