Christianity in ireland by 431 with nothing to do with patrick, who arrives in 432. Palladius is sent as a bishop, and patrick arrives too as a bishop, not missionary. Patrick"s description of his mission is like missionary work. Confessio: praising the lord, not a confession, but that the work is a testimony to god. His father was a priest, and patrick was taken from him home town in britain [unknown] as a prisoner. Late antique period confessio is the only first person account of anyone from this per travelling among barbarians, escaping, going back, etc. Muirchu [murphy]"s life of patrick, patrick"s first biography rewrites as a narrative to make it easier. Clarifies pats born in britain, son of a priest, locates the town as near the sea he doesn"t know but most places are. Taken captive at 16 by a pagan king. Adds details/answers to further explain the confession, so likely made a lot up.