Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 May 2009

320 Pages | 15 halftones, 11 line illus.

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195336528

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Landscape with Two Saints

How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe

Lisa M. Bitel

Lisa Bitel uses the history of two unique holy women--Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-509) and Brigit of Kildare (ca.452-524)--to reveal how ordinary Europeans lived through Christianization at the dawn of the Middle Ages. Most converts did not have a sudden epiphany, Bitel argues. Instead they learned and lived their new religion in continuous conversation with preachers, saints, rulers, and neighbors. Together, they built their faith over many years, brick by brick, into their churches and shrines, cemeteries, houses, and even their markets and farms.