On 18 May 99 at 18:52, Jacquelyn Kestner wrote:
> > Aw, Danielle, not quite fair on Paddy! He was given all the credit
> > much later. He didn't take it himself. In fact, he was a modest
> > fella, judging by his writings.
> I have to say, I don't quite agree with this. While there were many things I
> admire about Patrick, I found his writings to be self-aggrandizing and a tad
Hmm. . . well, I suppose parts of his Confessio are, but you have to
bear in mind that he was apparently defending himself against
accusations by his British counterparts concerning his fitness to
carry out his mission in Ireland, so some self-aggrandizing was
called for. It's a while since I read it, but the overall impression
I got was his regret at his poor education, his inability to write
classical Latin, and his repetitive assertion that he was a sinner
and therefore no better than anyone else. His Letter to Caroticus
does contain elements of arrogance, and righteous anger, which I would
say were justified in the circumstances.
Ok, ok, I'll dig them out and read them again!