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 [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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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.

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