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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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Paris after Genovefa

Paris after Genovefa

(p.73) 4 Paris after Genovefa
Landscape with Two Saints

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This chapter recounts the history of Genovefa’s cult after her death, as told through her written biographies, the churches built in her honor, and devotional practices of Parisian Christians. It shows how her importance as patroness of Frankish rulers diminished when later Merovingian kings chose to favor Saint Denis and his cult north of Paris. Both gender and political changes help explain this shift in allegiance. Nonetheless, Genovefa and her church remained important presences in Paris.

Keywords:   Genovefa's cult, written biographies, devotional practices, Parisian Christians, patroness, Merovingian kings, Saint Denis, gender, political changes

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