"Brigid of Ireland: Saint and Goddess" Lecture
Oct 03, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
|Where||Decorah Public Library|
|Contact Name||Kristin Torresdal|
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Fifteen hundred years ago, a remarkable woman named Brigid founded a monastery for both men and women in Kildare, just to the west of modern Dublin. Kildare grew into one of the greatest churches in Ireland, attracting not only monks and nuns but the faithful from many walks of life. The miraculous stories that were recorded about Brigid in the centuries after her death reveal a person of great kindness and wisdom, but also a figure whose life draws on ancient Irish mythology and religion. Come to Decorah Public Library at 7 pm Thursday Oct. 3 to explore the stories of Brigid's life and see how those who wrote about Ireland's first female saint blended Christian and pre-Christian sources to create a portrait of an amazing woman.
Presenter Philip Freeman is the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has been teaching undergraduates for over fifteen years. He loves reading and talking about interesting books from Homer to Harry Potter.