Brigid of Kildare: A Novel

Brigid of Kildare: A Novel

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by Heather Terrell
     
 

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Rich in historical detail, Heather Terrell’s mesmerizing novel Brigid of Kildare is the story of the revolutionary Saint Brigid and the discovery of the oldest illuminated manuscript in the annals of the Church, a manuscript that contains an astonishing secret history.
 
Fifth-century Ireland: Brigid is Ireland’s first and only femaleSee more details below

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Rich in historical detail, Heather Terrell’s mesmerizing novel Brigid of Kildare is the story of the revolutionary Saint Brigid and the discovery of the oldest illuminated manuscript in the annals of the Church, a manuscript that contains an astonishing secret history.
 
Fifth-century Ireland: Brigid is Ireland’s first and only female priest and bishop. Followers flock to her Kildare abbey and scriptorium. Hearing accounts of Brigid’s power, the Church deems her a threat and sends Decius, a Roman priest and scribe, on a secret mission to collect proof of Brigid’s heresy.

    As Decius records the unorthodox practices of Brigid and her abbey, he becomes intrigued by her. When Brigid assigns Decius a holy task—to create the most important and sacred manuscript ever made—he finds himself at odds with his original mission and faces the most difficult decision of his life.

Modern day: Alexandra Patterson, an appraiser of medieval relics, has been summoned to Kildare to examine a reliquary box believed to belong to Saint Brigid. Hidden within the sacred box is the most beautiful illuminated manuscript Alex has ever seen. But even more extraordinary is the contents of the manuscript’s vellum pages, which may have dire repercussions for the Catholic Church and could very well rewrite the origins of Christianity.


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Library Journal

Former attorney Terrell (The Map Thief) returns with an ambitious third novel about historical art and intrigue. Though the Roman Empire is on the verge of collapse, the Church is determined to survive. To that end, Brother Decius is sent to Gael to accuse Brigid, an unconventional abbess, of heresy. Instead, he finds himself entranced by Brigid's unwavering faith and undertakes a special scrivener's task for her. Fast-forward to modern-day Ireland, where art appraiser Alex Patterson is tasked with selling priceless Brigidine artifacts. What she uncovers may be the Book of Kildare, a legendary illuminated manuscript (think the Book of Kells) that could throw not only Christianity but history on its ear. VERDICT The author is a fan of multiple narratives, past and present, but Alex is too thinly developed and doesn't hold the same sway as the historical characters. The portrayal of Brigid, her mission to convert the pagan tribes of Gael, and her relationship with Decius are the novel's strong points. Readers who enjoyed Terrell's other novels and historical adventure novels like Kate Mosse's Labyrinth may want to check this one out. [Library marketing.]—Jamie Kallio, Thomas Ford Memorial Lib., Western Springs, IL


—Jamie Kallio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345515292
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/09/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
563,361
File size:
2 MB

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