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The World of Saint Patrick$
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Philip Freeman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372584.001.0001

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Saint Patrick’s Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus

Saint Patrick’s Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus

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The World of Saint Patrick

Philip Freeman

Oxford University Press

This letter was written by Patrick after he had lived and worked as a bishop in Ireland for many years. When the British tyrant Coroticus and his soldiers came to Ireland and kidnapped and killed many of Patrick’s Christian converts, Patrick wrote a scathing letter to Coroticus and the British Christians condemning the deed and calling on Coroticus to return the captives who were still alive. Patrick repeatedly uses scripture to strengthen his argument against Coroticus and to implore his men and followers to change their ways. He calls on all Christians to have nothing to do with Coroticus and his men until they repent.

Keywords:   St. Patrick, Coroticus, tyrant, Britain, Ireland, captives, kidnapping

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