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    The trouble with Saint Patrick is separating the probable, historical man, a Romano-British Christian, from all the later embellishments and hagiographies. However, Saint Patrick – the mythological figure – is certainly not someone who seems to have liked druids, and I think the (mythological) feeling was mutual. There are, however, other Celtic saints, whose relationship with what seems to be indigenous British and Irish beliefs are far more nuanced, less antagonistic, or, let’s say from an early Christian perspective, ambiguous. I remember being told that some of the many now obscure saints to be found in Cornwall and Brittany may have even been druids … perhaps. In my opinion, Saint Petroc is one of the more interesting ones – Saint Petroc who tames dragons, note the word tames, not slays.