Roche Ardill: St Patrick A.D. 180

Pdf Roche Ardill, Rev. John, St.Patrick A.D. 180, DublinP: Hodges, Figgis & Co., 1931
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St. Patrick A.D. 180 by Rev. John Roche Ardill, published 1931, is an historical inquiry into the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Most modern historians agree that St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain and died in approximately 493 AD. Ardill disputed this consensus and instead claimed that Patrick lived in the 2nd century AD.

The historical basis for St. Patrick living in the 4th-5th century are two Latin letters attributed to him. They are the Declaration or Confessio better known as "St. Patrick's Confession" and Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus. In the first Patrick describes his years of captivity in Ireland as a slave, how he returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity and his response to unfounded charges of corruption. The second concerns the excommunication of a follower who took some of Patrick’s followers into slavery. Coroticus is believed to refer to Ceretic Guletic who was a king of part of western Scotland in the mid-400s.

St. Patrick’s writings do not contain any date but in one passage he quotes from the Acts of the Apostles in the Vulgate which was a 4th century translation of the Bible attributed to St. Jerome. Patrick also refers to the Franks of mainland Europe as pagan. The Franks were converted to Christianity between 496–508 A.D. These appear to totally discredit Ardill’s claims of a 2nd century St. Patrick. Additionally the Annals of Ulster placed his death in the year 493.

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