What was going on at the time of St. Brigid of Ireland?
the persecution, reformation, etc.
- bluebellLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
By 400 AD Ireland was an island of farmer warriors who worshipped several Celtic gods. In between tending to their farms, they spent their time raiding other farmsteads, stealing cattle and enjoyed drinking, singing and storytelling. http://www.borderlandsireland.com/500ad.htm
St. Patrick came to convert the Irish in the year 432. In Britain, the period 425-450 was one of great instability, marked by devasting raids by the Picts, Irish (Scots), and Saxons.
St. Brigid was born about 451 and died about 525 , and it seems to have been a generally peaceful time in Ireland, apart from raids to grab slaves. Some accounts of her life suggest that Brigit's father was in fact from Lusitania, kidnapped by Irish pirates and brought to Ireland to work as a slave, in much the same way as Saint Patrick. Other accounts say her father was a pagan chieftain, and that her mother was the slave. All are agreed that Brigid and her mother both worked as slaves, until Brigid left home to become a nun.
The next noteworthy time of crisis was the Viking invasion in 795 and again in 836 AD.
The reformation and religious persecution didn't begin until nearly a thousand years later.