This chapter recounts the life of Genovefa (Saint Geneviève) from her birth at Nanterre ca. 420 to her death ca. 509 in Paris, as told by her earliest 6th-century biographer. Although a woman, and thus limited in ecclesiastical authority, Genovefa acted much like a Christian bishop. She was most famous for building the shrine of Saint Denis, supposedly the first missionary to Paris. Her building projects and her written biography taught Christians lessons about saints, bishops, and religious landscapes.
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