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  1. Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe
    Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe
    Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe
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  2. Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe

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At a time when Europeans still longed to be Roman and were just learning to be Christian, two extraordinary holy women-Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-502) and Brigit of Kildare (ca. 450-524)-began to roam their homelands. One of these saints raised an apostolic church in the imperial city that would become Paris. The other scavenged fragments of that dwindling empire for the foundations of a grand Roman basilica built deep in barbarian territory. Both brought Christianity and romanitas (Roman-ness) to their people. By examining the ruins of their cities and churches, the workings of their cults, and the many generations of their devotees, Lisa Bitel shows how Brigit and Genovefa helped northern Europeans map new religion onto familiar landscapes. Landscape with Two Saints tells the twin stories of these charismatic women but also explains how ordinary people lived through religious change at the very beginning of the Middle Ages.

Tales of ancient conversions on distant landscapes have much to teach us about lived and built religion, why people choose new beliefs, and how they act out those beliefs in meaningful ways. The combined history of Brigit and Genovefa explains not just how a couple of legendary peripatetic women could become targets of devotion, but how and where Europeans became Christian, and what it meant to them on a daily basis. The story of these two saintly cults-not just in the pages of manuscripts, but on the streets of cities, in the stones of cemeteries, and in the walls of churches-also demonstrates the pervasive influence of gender and ethnicity, as well as regional culture and material environment, on the whole process of religious change. Bitel contends that in the building blocks of their churches and the tracks they once traveled, Genovefa and Brigit show us what the written words of missionaries and theologians never can: the active participation of converts in the history of their own conversion.

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Lisa M. Bitel
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Bitel (Land of Women; Women in Medieval Europe, 400-1100) has written a dazzling book revealing the ways that two female saints helped to bring Christianity to barbarian Europe. The book is filled with delightful details and is a genuine page turner. Her accomplishment is all the more incredible given the difficulty of the source materials. This is, quite simply, a brilliant book that should be read by everyone with an interest in the history of medieval women, the history of Christianity, and the history of women.
While I will admit that I personally found nothing of interest regarding the two saints of the title, the background information that Bitel provided on early monasticism in Ireland was thorough and very useful. That in itself made the book a useful companion work to her earlier book, Isle of the Saints. Anyone interested in early Irish monasticism should refer to Bitel's two books, perhaps turning to them before any others.
The content of this book is as expected, but the format is not. The photo of the book accompanying the Amazon ad shows a book jacket, which the book does not have. Nothing in the description of the book indicates that there is no book jacket. Because of this experience, this will be my first and last purchase of used books on Amazon.
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