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Women in a Celtic Church: Ireland 450-1150

Christina Harrington


This book covers the development of women's religious professions in the primitive church in Saint Patrick's era and the development of large women's monasteries such as Kildare, Clonbroney, Cloonburren, and Killeedy. It traces its subject through the heyday of the 7th century, through the Viking era, and the Culdee reforms, to the era of the Europeanisation of the 12th century. The place of women and their establishments is considered against the wider Irish background and compared with female religiosity elsewhere in early medieval Europe. The book shows that while Ireland was distinct it wa ... More

Keywords: Ireland, Irish church, Celtic women, Saint Patrick, monasteries, Europeanisation, religiosity, pagan priestesses, Saint Brigit, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Harrington, author