The play concludes as Luis finds out what mysteries lie within St. Patrick’s Purgatory.
One of Spain’s two Shakespeares from their Golden Age of drama, Pedro Calderon de la Barca was both a poet and a prolific dramatist. He wrote literally hundreds of plays, many of which are still performed today; Life Is a Dream is probably his best-known work.
The Purgatory of St. Patrick is one of his plays on religious themes. This one deals simultaneously with the life of St. Patrick and the legend of the pilgrim shrine/mortification gym known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory. It’s fun stuff, IMHO, especially since it was translated into English with a lot of verve.