This chapter tracks the cults of Genovefa and Brigit up to the present day in order to account for the endurance of their cults and show what the histories of these two saints can tell us about historical connections between landscape, gender, and religious change. Conversion did not occur merely as a result of missionary preaching, but because many women and men chose to go to new kinds of religious places, use new kinds of symbolic goods, and reinterpret their daily habits in religious context. Denied episcopal office because of their sex, Genovefa and Brigit helped bring Christianity to northern Europe at the dawn of the Middle Ages by promoting such changes in lived religion and, in particular, by sponsoring religious architecture and new uses of familiar sacral places in their home territories.
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