Brigid of Kildare by Heather Terrell

Brigid of Kildare

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, t...

Details Brigid of Kildare

TitleBrigid of Kildare
Release DateFeb 9th, 2010
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Ireland, Fiction, Religion, European Literature, Irish Literature

Reviews Brigid of Kildare

  • Andrea
    I really enjoyed this book. It has a dual story line which definitely made it more interesting. The two main characters are Brigid, a 5th century warrior-nun and Alexandra a modern-day archeological appraiser. Alexandra is called in to look at some old relics and determine their authenticity. A hand painted copy of the scriptures with the story of Brigid and her contribution to Christianity in Ireland is the other half of the story. I found that ...
  • Ksenia
    What if there was a book that pre-dated the Book of Kells?I didn’t know anything about Saint Brigid when I was reading this, so I liked that I was discovering the book and Brigid herself as I read along, sort of like Alexandra was.I liked the fact that there were three points of view. One was from Alexandra’s perspective, the second was Decius, in the form of letters he was writing to his brother, and the third was an omniscient narrator, as ...
  • Sue
    I thought the author did a great job weaving together the religion of the Gael's (Irish) and how Brigid (the first and only female catholic bishop) strived to further Catholicism while letting her converts keep some of their Druidic customs. There were many references to the various gnostic gospels which has spiked my interest. She sounds like a remarkably strong woman and didn't shy from her spite of the Vatican.
  • Amber
    My goodness this book was far more than I expected it to be. Brilliantly well researched Historical Fiction on Ireland's first and only female Saint, Brigid. This book not only provides a very well written insight to post St Patrick's Ireland but to the process of conversion from a pagan country to a christian one. The secondary love for this book was the parallel story of the actual long lost Book of Kildare pre-dating the Book of Kells and thro...
  • Lígia Bellini
    That was a impressive reading! I was amazed by Saint Brigid' story! The book is so short, but with so many interesting informations about Her and Christianity in Ireland. She was brave to "defy" the rules of the Church and spread God's Words in a easy way to captivate the pagans into Christianity. Saint Brigid's faith in Virgin Mary was the most impressive reason to turn Her into a nun. She wanted to prove that a woman, can also spread God's Word...
  • Toni
    I love all things Irish and I have been to Kildare. I also love strong women. I could not put this book down. It will be an all-time favorite. Now I want to do research.
  • Nancy Ellis
    Modern-day Ireland: Alex Patterson is an appraiser of medieval relics who has been sent to Kildare to investigate the authenticity of a reliquary box believed to have belonged to Saint Brigid. She finds hidden in the box an extraordinary illuminated manuscript telling a history which could have an immense impact on the Church today. 5th Century Ireland: The story of Brigid, Ireland's first priest and bishop, and eventually a saint. A fascinating ...
  • Faith Justice
    I enjoyed this book, although I was hoping for a little more in depth on Brigid's life (this is a novel, not a biography). The author uses a dual time format switching back and forth between the present day and late 5C Ireland. The story in the past is divided between a very personal set of letters from a Roman monk (secretly sent to Cill Dare to look for possible heresies) to his brother and excerpts from a dry fictional life of Saint Brigid (th...
  • Jo
    Very slow to begin with, but finished strong. There was so much fascinating tidbits about Irish history and how it was swallowed by Rome. Brigid was painted as a figure that I would love to have lunch with. She is strong and altruistic. I never knew that Patrick made her a bishop. I don't know if that has ever been done since.
  • Nikki
    I gave this book 5 stars only because a million stars would take way too much space. I loved this one, the different points of view gave it more depth and fleshed out the story, the characters were beautifully described and the twists weren't forced or even put in the spotlight.Brigid was a lovely character who was strong and graceful without coming off fake or perfect, while the dilemna of Decius was heartbreaking and more beautiful a love story...
  • Kate
    This tight little novel (231 pages) is like a celtic knot - not large overall, but packed with insight and moving moments between all the characters. If you enjoy the thought of discovering old artifacts which make us question what we believe about the world, then you will enjoy this novel.And if you liked this, and you're looking for your next read, you would probably also like the novel The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. For th...
  • Booknblues
    An interesting and entertaining historical fiction about Brigid of Kildare set in the 6th century with Brigid and the twenty-first century with Alexandra Patterson assessing relics at St. Brigid's Abbey.As there is little known about St. Brigid, much of this speculative, but it makes for an interesting story.Brigid is presented as an astute woman who wanted to make her own way and cared deeply for her people and her faith. She attempted a balanci...
  • Carol
    I loved this book. Split story 5th century Brigid daughter of celtic warriors and present day ALex a research analyst of historical relics. Set in Ireland. Two strong women follow their own paths. Add in christian symbolism and historical mysteries, what's not to like?
  • Korey
    It took me a little while to get into this densely packed little book but overall I really enjoyed it. The history was interesting and the three plot lines were both interesting in their own right and connected with and supported each other well. I would definitely recommend checking this out.
  • Lindsey
    2.5Took me a while to finish cause it kept putting me to sleep
  • Hillary Watson
    This book weaves together Irish history, canonization of Scripture, feminist spirituality, the decline of the Roman Empire, and archeological study. It is generous with both Celtic religion and Christianity, and points to the diversity of Christian theology, gently critiquing early Roman Catholic religion while widening the tent of Christian feminism and spiritual expression. It is a book that runs on compelling description and characters. I kept...
  • Faith Cummings
    Saint Brigid: a woman of her timeThis is a story of the early believers in Ireland, who, despite Roman attempts to dominate and shape their beliefs, were unable to suppress the vital and unshakeable faith of these early followers. Whether all the facts presented here are true or not, it is true that Ireland did bring about the preservation of many books and other relics which later graced our civilization after the Dark ages. I like the strong pi...
  • Coleen Dailey
    An absolutely fascinating read of the early Christian church in Ireland and the story of St. Brigid. It spends most of its time in 5th century Ireland, but also a little time in modern Ireland as the convent of nuns tries to authenticate the relics that have been passed down for a thousand plus years so that they may carry on the work of St. Brigid. It was very interesting as to what she had to do to con form to what Rome would permit of a woman ...
  • Sharon
    This is the story of Ireland's first and only female priest and bishop, Brigid, and of the scribe, Decius, who was sent by the church in Rome to spy on and expose her heresy. Interspersed with that story, is the account of a modern day medieval appraiser, Alexandra, who unearths a manuscript she suspects is the lost The Book of Kildare. An interesting account of the culture in 5th century Ireland, the book leans in a feminist direction not to my ...
  • D.B. Wright
    Interesting read on the life of St. Brigid/the goddess Brigid. Since historically the two figures getblurred, this book leaves you wondering about the Divine Feminine, the ways the church has gone to such great measures to undermine that power and how despite that, the strength of women refuse to be ignored.
  • Joyce Adams
    I enjoyed this historical book of fiction about Ireland's female saint, St. Brigid. I enjoyed the parallel story of Alexandra the appraiser of medieval relics and the story of Brigid and Decius and the development of the Book of Kildare which depicts a strong and powerful Virgin Mary. A delightful read!
  • Beth Cook
    Brigid of KildareInteresting read. I had some trouble with staying focused on the story to no fault of the author. I had a lot of turmoil going on st the time so I had problems with focusing on the book.
  • Cathy Sargent
    The author did a nice job of taking what little is known (but not necessarily true) about Brigid and the (possibly real) Book of Kildare, blending this info with Irish and church history, and adding impressive learning and imagination to create a very enjoyable novel.
  • Kevin Mogee
    A Work of StrengthI loved this book. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to stick with it. For me it started out a little slow, but I'm glad I finished it. Brigid - whether the real person or the fictional character depicted here - was incredibly strong. It's interesting to think about the what ifs when it comes to the Catholic Church's historical treatment of women. How different the church would be if they had accepted women as equals. The st...
  • Isaac
    Wow, just wow. Lovely book, well told.
  • Miranda
    I found the ending a bit anticlimactic; feel that this novel had so much more potential. still, a nice, rather quick read - and I've learned more things about Ireland and its people.
  • Barbara
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Fascinating learning some history of early Christianity in Ireland.
  • Abby
    I loved the subtle implication at the end :)
  • Tya Tusser
    This was a good read. I love stories that include history, especially those about Celtic saints. I thought that it was easy to follow while still interesting enough to want me to keep reading.
  • Victoria Grusing
    Very interesting. I had never read anything about Brigid before. Enjoyable book.