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Bilihild: A Tale of the Irish Missionaries in Germany, A.D. 703

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In "Bilihild: A Tale of the Irish Missionaries in Germany, A.D. 703" by Julie Sutter, readers are transported back in time to the early medieval period where Irish missionaries are tasked with spreading Christianity to the Germanic tribes. The story follows the journey of Bilihild, a young and devout missionary who faces numerous challenges and dangers as she tries to fulfill her mission.

Sutter's writing is vivid and descriptive, painting a rich and detailed picture of the landscapes and people of 8th century Europe. The characters are well-developed and engaging, with Bilihild being a particularly strong and dynamic protagonist. Her struggles and triumphs are compelling, and readers will find themselves rooting for her every step of the way.

The historical setting of the novel is authentically portrayed, with Sutter seamlessly blending elements of religion, culture, and politics of the time period. The conflict between the pagan tribes and the Christian missionaries is a central theme of the story, adding an extra layer of depth and tension to the plot.

Overall, "Bilihild" is a captivating and immersive read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, particularly those interested in the early medieval period. Sutter's storytelling is engaging and well-paced, making it difficult to put the book down once you start reading. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a compelling and thought-provoking historical tale.

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When the God-fearing Herzog of Thuringia dies, the Irish missionary settlements face the wrath of his bitterly heathen wife, Geila, and her son, now Herzog Hedan. But when Hedan falls in love with Bilihild, a young Christian maiden, he offers peace to his Christian subjects if Bilihild will become his wife. As Bilihild strives to love her new husband and protect her people, she faces increasing difficulty and danger, especially from her jealous mother-in-law. As the clouds thicken around her, Bilihild must put her entire reliance on the God whom she honors and loves.

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