Philip O’Sullivan-Beare's Patritiana decas (1629). Ff. 85v-86r


Philip O’Sullivan-Beare's Patritiana decas (1629). Ff. 85v-86r


The tradition of attributing the victory in the battle of the Alporchones to the intercession of St. Patrick is owed to Philip O'Sullivan Beare, one of the hundreds of Irish exiles who took refuge in Spain during the 17th century after Kinsale. How the Castilians won a victory over the Nazirs on St. Patrick's day, 1452, is narrated in these pages of his Patritiana decas (1621), which compiles ten different versions of the saint's life. The book is responsible for the spread of the cult of the Irish saint throughout Spain and, along with Thomas Messingham and Matthew of Paris's works, for making the legend of St. Patrick's purgatory feature in the work of Lope de Vega and Calderón.


D. Philippi Osullevani Bearri Patritiana decas, siue libri decem (Matriti, ex officina Francisci Martinez, 1629)



Original Format

Rare book. [16], 181, [5] h.; 4̆º


DSC_0131 2.jpg
Date Added
August 1, 2019
The Irish and Spain to 1660
Item Type
, , , , ,
Anunciación Carrera de la Red, “Philip O’Sullivan-Beare's Patritiana decas (1629). Ff. 85v-86r,” S P A N I S H · C O N N E C T I O N S, accessed July 22, 2024,