My article “Got Milk? The Food Miracles of Brigit of Kildare” was accepted into the anthology Brigit: Sun of Womanhood, edited by Michael McDermott and Patricia Monaghan, and will be published through Goddess Ink, Ltd. in 2013. In the article I focus on the food-related miracles performed by St. Brigit as found in four of her medieval official Lives, the preponderance of milk, cheese, and cows in these narratives, and draw connections between the miraculous events related in the texts and the following concepts: Irish hospitality customs, the importance of dairy products and of cows in medieval Irish culture, evidence of a pre-Christian goddess retained in the Christian saint’s stories, and the particular characteristics of Celtic saints in general, and Brigit in particular.
Kerry Noonan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Core Division