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Brigid of Kildare

By: Marie Benedict
Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
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Summary

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.

Brigid of Kildare is written by Marie Benedict as Heather Terrell. 

©2009 Heather Terrell (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A captivating story and well read!

Great story about the list Book of Kildare and Bridig - part Goddess part Abbess!.I listened for hours all the way to the end!

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  • 19-01-21

this says by Marie Benedict.

Although audible has this labeled as by Marie Benedict, its by Heather Terre!l. Not at all what I wanted. I'm sending it back.

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  • Love Music
  • 11-04-21

Wonderful -- and different

This is such good, unique historical fiction. A lot earlier period for starters! Written by Marie Benedict before she blew up, it has all the earmarks of her writing -- beginning with a strong woman making things happen! Plus reliable research and a great plot that brings it all to life. Highly recommended.

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  • Melanie
  • 21-01-22

Could not hold interest because of reader

I wish I could of listened to book, but the reader using a Gallic accent just couldn't hold my interest. It was so choppy, and harsh listening to this reader even though it was well intended by the author. I love all of Marie Benedicts as an author, but this reader just could not hold my attention.

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  • Mari LaBelle
  • 23-09-21

Good story

While immensely interesting & informative. I think it could have edited down quite a bit. And I don’t understand why anyone would chose a reader with such a quavering voice.

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  • EEJ
  • 14-09-21

Love the story

Marie Benedict writes wonderful stories so it’s no surprise I enjoyed it. Wish I had read it though, because the narration was not good: sloppy, inconsistent accents and one of the main characters sounded inappropriately whiney.

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  • gerald miller
  • 14-04-21

Kildare

Good take of St. Brigid a woman who lived in Ireland at time Christian beliefs took over.

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  • Carol
  • 11-09-22

Beautiful story

I loved this story about Brigid of Kildare and her role in preserving the image of the divine feminine within Christianity.

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  • Dianne W
  • 09-07-22

Good story - poor narration

Classic Marie Benedict story of a heroine. Narration was terrible. I wish I’d read the actual book instead

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  • Daniel j. mulhern
  • 10-05-22

Brigid of Kildare

Loved it from start to finish. I've been to Ireland many times so I felt like I was there again, but of course at a very different time.

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  • Grainne
  • 07-03-22

good book - terrible narration

I was very interested in the subject but it took me three tries to get past the narrator. Her choice to portray an academic studying medieval religious artifacts with a valley girl accent was quite unbelievable