Bookish appraiser Alexandra Patterson uncovers the secret history of a renegade saint in Terrell's subdued third novel (after The Map Thief). In need of funds to spread their saint's message, the Sisters of St. Brigid decide to sell off a clutch of gold and jeweled relics. In her assessment of their value, Alexandra discovers an ancient manuscript that just might be the lost Book of Kildare, an illuminated manuscript that surpasses in beauty the Book of Kells. She confers with Trinity College professor and old flame Declan Lamb, who backs her hunch. As these contemporary amateur sleuths uncover the manuscript's mysterious origins, Terrell traces in a second plot line the life of Brigid and her faithful scribe, Decius. Despite a promising premise, Terrell's matter-of-fact storytelling and dry weaving of past and present leaves little mystery or magic for readers to pursue. (Mar.)
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"Brimming with historical detail, Brigid of Kildare is authentically told with a fascinating premise. Through interwoven and parallel stories, Heather Terrell imagines the discovery of one of history's lost Celtic treasures in an immediate and highly enjoyable fashion."—Susan Fraser King, author of Lady MacbethSee all Editorial Reviews
This novel is a better book than The Map Thief or The Chrysalis. Those books seemed slick and superficial, distasteful to this reader. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary loves Murder
This was a book club reading. Not one of the best books I have read. Choices are made as a group, but I also read other books.Published 17 months ago by Patricia A. Ralston
I generally liked this quick read of a historical mystery. Alex, a modern historian, gets an unusual assignment from an Irish convent to research some of their most ancient relics,... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by The Strife of Love in a Dream
Great story though I am sure most of it is fiction. Would like to have had a summary of non-fiction factsPublished on April 22, 2013 by sr rock girl
In fifth-century Ireland, Brigid is Ireland's first and only female priest and bishop.
This storyteller weaves a good yarn. Read more
Sounds like an interesting read.... I'd heard about the book on another website and came to this page intending to buy it for my Kindle. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by Reader 7
Heather Terrell manages to create a story that bounces back and forth between ancient history and present day in a way that doesn't lose the reader. And what a story it is. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by L. Mountford
Wish you could travel to Ireland at a moments notice? Interested in history, religion and culture? Brigid of Kildare fulfills all of those needs with a beautiful style that will... Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Joshua Wilcox