Women Saints: Celts, Christians and Cults 500-800AD

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Women Saints: Celts, Christians and Cults 500-800AD

<p>Four fifth and sixth century Irish women, Brigid, Attracta, Ita and Dymphna were each powerful missionary forces at a time of transition from pagan to Christian. Tease out the meanings behind the

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Four fifth and sixth century Irish women, Brigid, Attracta, Ita and Dymphna were each powerful missionary forces at a time of transition from pagan to Christian. Tease out the meanings behind the myths, miracles and manuscripts, to tell fact from fable. Investigate the roles women played in religion and in wider society. Trace the origins of their cults for insights into saint-making and the processes by which Christianity in general took on its uniquely Irish style.


SUGESTED READING

  • Flanagan, L., A chronicle of Irish saints, Blackstaff, Belfast 1990


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction: Four Holy Irish Women and the Cults of Saints in Early Christian Faith
  • The Early Irish Church and Women in Irish Celtic Society
  • Hagiography and ministry: Sources, Politics and Miracles
  • Constructing a Tradition: Doctrine, Practice and Piety
  • Conclusion: Acts of Faith


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Elucidate the nature and character of Medieval Christian life for Irish women.
  2. Focus on individuals as case studies of Early Christian Ireland.
  3. Illustrate the differences between Celtic Myth and Christian Tradition.