Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe

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Oxford University Press, May 19, 2009 - Religion - 320 pages
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Lisa Bitel uses the history of two unique holy women--Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-509) and Brigit of Kildare (ca.452-524)--to reveal how ordinary Europeans lived through Christianization at the dawn of the Middle Ages. Most converts did not have a sudden epiphany, Bitel argues. Instead they learned and lived their new religion in continuous conversation with preachers, saints, rulers, and neighbors. Together, they built their faith over many years, brick by brick, into their churches and shrines, cemeteries, houses, and even their markets and farms.
 

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Bitel (history, religion & gender studies, Univ. of Southern California) carefully studies the archival and material record to develop a persuasive account of the roles of two legendary and historical ... Read full review

Contents

The Landscape Enters History
3
2 Sacral Paris
23
3 Genovefas Territory
51
4 Paris after Genovefa
73
5 Crossings and Conversions
97
6 Ekphrasis at Kildare
137
7 Brigit Goes to Ground
163
8 Relics
195
Notes
225
Bibliography
255
Index
289
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