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the thorny question of Saint Patrick’s life and career as it is reflected in his own writings, the Confessio and Epistola ad Coroticum, as well as in later hagiographical accounts. Herren argues the case that Patrick’s missionary programme in Ireland was inspired in part by his prior experience in Gaul, where he may have gone to seek episcopal consecration after he had been refused this ordination by his British seniores. The author also suggests that Patrick’s experience may have influenced Gildas’ attack on the dubious practices of British clergy in his De