While many people may assume that St. Patrick was Irish, a 5th century Latin text known as the Confessio gives us a good look at the St. Patrick of history. The author of the Confessio was a man named Patrick, and the general consensus is that he was the same Patrick now known as St. Patrick. Patrick recounts how his father was a British deacon named Calpurnius, a name of decidedly Roman origin. Patrick was British, not Irish, and though precise dates are subject to debate, he was alive during the 5th century, immediately after Roman control of Britain ceased. Patrick names his...

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