The Patron Saint of Ireland | Theory Of Irony

In the year 401, half a continent away from Rome, a fleet of raiders sailed quietly out of Pagan Ireland, then sacked Britain’s west coast and absconded with thousands of terrorized prisoners to be auctioned off in the slave markets back home.  Among the poor souls swept up in the raid was a civilized, 16-year-old, Christian, middle-class, Romanized Briton, who found himself sold to an Irish “King” (or, petty warlord) for use in tending sheep.  This boy’s name was Patrick and he would change history, though Europe and North America would come to remember him in comical ways he would not understand (nor, do I).  For instance, contrary to popular belief, he never shepherded venomous snakes out of Ireland, for the Island had no…

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9 thoughts on “The Patron Saint of Ireland | Theory Of Irony

  1. Sharp historical details and witty asides combine to make Erik’s writing a pleasure to read.
    I am still working my way through his book, The Theory of Irony, but unfortunately my current eyesight issues make it difficult to read on a screen for long periods. From what I have read so far, I can highly recommend it. I have learned a great deal, and often laughed out loud as I did so.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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      • Sarah:

        I don’t know what that means, exactly, but it sounds vaguely ironic. I do hope your eyes are ok? Because, you are so radiant you could generate your own solar power! I continue to enjoy First Night History.


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        • Pete and I are keeping our spirits up about our respective cataracts so, yes, you could say we’re being ironic! I have just had a cataract op and Pete will be having the same later this year. Our other eyes are gearing up for the same. As for your comment about radiance and solar power, I’ve gone bright red with embarrassment and pleasure. Thank you, Erik!


    • Pete:

      You are – after Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Vernon – the most awesome human being ever. Thank you so much for the kind words about the book. And if anyone out there is listening, I would highly recommend your own blog, Beetleypete. From your insightful comments about Ridley Scott, and the untimely passing of David Bowie, I have often enjoyed it. Your make your quiet, pleasant town sound much like my own. Keep up the good work!


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      • You are very kind, Erik. I am so sorry not to have finished your book yet, but as you can tell, I have some cataract problems. I fully intend to get it read as soon as things improve, as I have enjoyed it immensely so far.
        Regards from Beetley. Pete.

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