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

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At a time when Europeans still longed to be Roman and were just learning to be Christian, two extraordinary holy women-Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-502) and Brigit of Kildare (ca. 450-524)-began to roam their homelands. One of these saints raised an apostolic church in the imperial city that would become Paris. The other scavenged fragments of that dwindling empire for the f ...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2009)
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Siria
I like the main idea Bitel is exploring here—looking at the cults of two early medieval female saints, Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare, within the religious, political, gender and material landscapes in which they lived. I think there's a lot of interesting work which remains to be done, exploring the interstices of gender, religion and topography, and Bitel does quite well at sketching out the landscape in which fifth century Gaulish and Irish holy women lived.

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Rebecca
A fascinating study of two early medieval saints and their careers both in life and in death - they were in many ways different, but that also makes them interesting to compare.

I have to admit, I hadn't even heard of Genovefa, but I found her parts the most interesting (probably because the sources seem a bit more substantial). But in both cases it was interesting to see how their cults developed from the real persons (or at least close enough) to how people re-imagined them centuries later.
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Fascinating perspective on Brigid and Genevieve as builders, both physical and spiritual. Bitel is very readable, but meticulously documented with lots of interesting references for future exploration.
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