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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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Genovefa’s Territory

Genovefa’s Territory

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Landscape with Two Saints

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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.

Keywords:   Genovefa, Saint Geneviève, Nanterre, Paris, ecclesiastical authority, Christian bishop, Saint Denis, saints, bishops, religious landscapes

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