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Landscape with Two SaintsHow Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe$
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Lisa M. Bitel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336528

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336528.001.0001

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Brigit Goes to Ground

Brigit Goes to Ground

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Landscape with Two Saints

Lisa M. Bitel (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines Brigit’s cult after the 7th century, as portrayed in 8th- and 9th-century biographies of the saint and other documents. Brigit’s church at Kildare became at once a historical monument to conversion, a power center on the changing political landscape of medieval Ireland, and a gendered symbol of religious practice. The limits and meanings of Brigit’s cult shifted constantly in relation to these material and political environments. Like Genovefa’s cult, Brigit’s lost importance in relation to the cults of male saints, particularly that of Patrick at Armagh.

Keywords:   Brigit's cult, saints, Kildare, medieval Ireland, male saints, Patrick at Armagh. tombs, churches, gender, hagiography

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