Hrotsvitha vs. Gobnait

Yesterday, in a surprising rout, Phillips Brooks was relegated to the O Little Town of Lent Madness Infamy, as Marguerite d’Youville trounced him 70% to 30% to advance to the Saintly Sixteen. She’ll face the winner of Damien of Molokai vs. Pandita Ramabai in the next round.

But life, like Lent, moves on. And today we offer: Five syllables. Eleven consonants. Two saints. That’s what you get when the Supreme Executive Committee concocts the Clash of the Consonants. Will the winning saint need to buy a vowel? We’re not sure. But either Hrotsvitha or Gobnait will emerge victorious over the next 24 hours to secure her place in the Saintly Sixteen.


Though she’s not well known today, the tenth-century German canoness Hrotsvitha has been called “the most remarkable woman of her time.”

A Benedictine nun at Gandersheim Abbey in Lower Saxony, Germany, Hrotsvitha is regarded as the first female German poet and the first known female playwright. Popular YouTube channel Crash Course also has credited her with “sneaking” theater back into the Christian world.

Hrotsvitha’s plays, known as “sacred comedies,” are more dialogue than drama—likely meant to be read rather than performed, to be a Christian alternative to bawdy classical works, lest readers be “corrupted by the wickedness of the matter.” They include comedies based on the works of Roman playwright Terence, many on the theme of chastity. Crash Course host Mike Rugnetta jokingly called this “medieval slut shaming,” but he also said the emphasis on chastity suggests to modern readers it was “one of a very few ways women could wield power in the Middle Ages.”

Perhaps best known among the sacred comedies is “Gallicanus” in which the clever Constance tricks a suitor into converting and taking a vow of chastity so that she does not have to marry him. Or there’s “Dulcitius,” which tells the story of three sisters whose prayers confuse the play’s titular character so that he ends up kissing and groping pots and pans rather than the women. It ends with the women being martyred rather than renounce Christianity. Hilarious.

There’s debate over whether any of Hrotsvitha’s plays were performed during her lifetime. The earliest known performance of her work wasn’t until 1888 in Paris. As recently as 2006, a feminist theater company offered the First Annual Hrosvitha Award to any professional company that scrapped plans to produce “yet another production of a Greek tragedy” for one of hers.

Hrotsvitha also wrote narrative poems based on Christian legends, the life of Otto the Great and the history of the convent she called home. She wrote about life as a woman in the early Middle Ages. And she reinterpreted her own name, which meant “strong honor” to mean “loud cry” or “clarion call.”

Collect for Hrotsvitha
O God, you have brought us near to an innumerable company of angels, and to the spirits of just men made perfect: Grant us during our earthly pilgrimage to abide in their fellowship, and in our heavenly country to become partakers of their joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Emily McFarlan Miller


Gobnait is an example of those numerous individuals who could slip through the cracks of history, but the memory of their faithfulness causes them to be remembered for generations. Gobnait’s memory is preserved by the local practices and memory of the Christian communities of Ireland and passed on to us today.

With her brother, Saint Abban, she founded a convent and served as its abbess in the sixth century. They came to that location while fleeing from violence in their home community of County Clare.

Most of the stories of Gobnait center around her protection of the community in which she lived and served.

In one account, raiders were approaching to attack the village. Gobnait sent out bees from her hives, and the bees drove off the attackers. In another tale, Gobnait walked around the village, using her staff to successfully mark a line of protection around the village from an impending plague. In still another story, a foreign invader sought to build a fortress across the valley from the convent. Every night when the workers were done, Gobnait threw a metal ball at the construction site, destroying their work each day until they left in frustration.

In her youth, Gobnait was directed to the site of the convent (Ballyvourney, County Cork) by a vision that told her that the location would be the place of her resurrection. She is buried in Ballyvourney, and every year on her feast day of February 11, pilgrims come to drink from the healing waters of her well. The cemetery in which Gobnait is buried is littered with crutches, a sign of the enduring faith in her gifts of healing.

In art, Gobnait is usually depicted along with bees. They were her companions and her charge at the convent, and their honey was likely used in medicines and cures for those who came to her for care.

Gobnait’s memory serves to remind us of how faithful service leaves a lasting impression on the communities we serve and on the world.

Collect for Gobnait
O God, by whose grace your servant Gobnait, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of your love and discipline, and walk before you as children of the light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

David Hansen

Hrotsvitha vs. Gobnait

  • Gobnait (66%, 5,399 Votes)
  • Hrotsvitha (34%, 2,721 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,120

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Hrotsvitha: German Wikipedia, scanned by de:Benutzer:Phrood
Gobnait: Harry Clarke [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

202 Comments to "Hrotsvitha vs. Gobnait"

  1. John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
    March 20, 2019 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    The poet and dramatist Hrotsvitha*
    When told that such writing was not suit-
    Able for the ladies,
    And might lead to Hades,
    “Positively medieval!” scoffed Hrotsvitha.

    *pronounced “Hrotsuit”, according to the Encyclopædia Brittanica; see

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 20, 2019 - 8:45 am | Permalink

      [[groan]] And thank you for the pronunciation tip!

      • John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
        March 20, 2019 - 6:05 pm | Permalink

        My apologies to those for whom the Brittanica link above does not work; I have found a more reliable link at:

        Most quotable line:
        “The comedies of Hrosvitha (…) were devised on the simple principle that the world, the flesh and the devil should not have all the good plays to themselves.”

        • Lola's Gravatar Lola
          March 20, 2019 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

          Love this statement. Two strong, interesting, creative women
          This quote helps describe why I chose here.

        • Janet Birckhead's Gravatar Janet Birckhead
          March 20, 2019 - 9:13 pm | Permalink

          I like that!

    • Linda Mackie Griggs's Gravatar Linda Mackie Griggs
      March 20, 2019 - 8:49 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the verse and the pronunciation guide!
      “God bless you!”

      • March 20, 2019 - 9:13 am | Permalink

        Yes indeed, thanks for the pronunciation guide, and “Gesundheit!” to you, Linda.
        As a drama major in college, I’m sticking with Hrotsvitha, although I have yet to read one of her plays.

    • March 20, 2019 - 11:08 am | Permalink

      My favorite one of these so far!

    • Kathy O'Connor's Gravatar Kathy O'Connor
      March 20, 2019 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

      Tim & Scott should name you poet laureate for Lent Madness!

  2. Michael Wachter's Gravatar Michael Wachter
    March 20, 2019 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    Our musical tribute takes us to another life with Shirley MacLaine and the cast of “Sweet Charity” – sung to the tune of “Hey, Big Spender”:

    The saint with the name we can’t spell
    Was the canoness of Gandersheim Abbey.
    First female playwright.
    In the 10th Century,
    Her plays often dealt with righteous living through chastity.

    This saint made a definite point:
    Christian living should be your priority.

    “Hey, Lent Madness!” (says Hrotsvitha)
    “Hit that button. Vote for me.”

    Do you wanna read plays?
    How about a few bees?
    Both these saints led a good life.

    Do you wanna read plays, plays, plays?
    How about a few bees, bees, bees?
    Both these saints led a good life.

    Hey, Lent Madness!
    Hey, Lent Madness!

    The minute they came to attack,
    Gobnait sent out bees to stop those villains.
    A real protectress!
    Drew a protection line.
    When they tried to build a fortress, she destroyed it each time.
    And she has the power to heal.
    Pilgrims leave their crutches there for all to see.
    “Hey, Lent Madness!” (Thus says Gobnait)
    “Hey, Lent Madness!”
    “Hit that button. Vote for me.”

    Plays, bees, good life.
    Plays, bees, good life.
    Plays, bees, good life.

    How ‘bout it, Scott and Tim?

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 20, 2019 - 8:52 am | Permalink

      “Plays, bees, good life”–who could ask for anything more. (I also recommend Shirley Bassey singing the original, if one needs to refresh one’s memory!)

      Thanks, Michael!

      • Richard Hooton's Gravatar Richard Hooton
        March 20, 2019 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

        Don’t forget Peggy Lee either.

    • Stephanie's Gravatar Stephanie
      March 20, 2019 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the fun!

    • Linda Barnard's Gravatar Linda Barnard
      March 20, 2019 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

      This is great, Michael! Thanks again!! I’m for the beekeeper today.

  3. TJ's Gravatar TJ
    March 20, 2019 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Gobnait today! Beekeepers are inspiring folk.

    • Fortnite Dude's Gravatar Fortnite Dude
      March 20, 2019 - 10:06 am | Permalink

      Go for Gobnait!!!

  4. Betsey's Gravatar Betsey
    March 20, 2019 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Gobnait .. for the beekeeper and County Cork.

  5. March 20, 2019 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha for me today. I love theater, and reading her story made me laugh out loud. Although I think Gobnait is a worthy competitor; I’ll be happy if either of them win.

  6. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    March 20, 2019 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Go Gobnait. As a beekeeper, we have a honey bee hive in our backyard, I vote for Queen Bee Gobnait.

  7. Carolyn Mack's Gravatar Carolyn Mack
    March 20, 2019 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Both seem nice enough, but I am worried abut bees disappearing so Gobnait is probably important for my garden. Perhaps she can intercede for fewer pesticides, etc.

    • Denise LeGendre's Gravatar Denise LeGendre
      March 20, 2019 - 9:20 am | Permalink

      Oooo, good thought! Plus what’s not to love about a name like Gobnait? I would have voted for her on her name alone but her story sealed the deal.

    • Janet Birckhead's Gravatar Janet Birckhead
      March 20, 2019 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

      I voted for Gobnait because we need bees, because she (and they) protected the community, and because God healed people through her.

  8. March 20, 2019 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    I can’t find Hrotsvitha on any calendar of observances after an admittedly brief internet search. Which church commemorates her?

    • F. Pirquet's Gravatar F. Pirquet
      March 20, 2019 - 8:44 am | Permalink

      Try Roswitha, Roswita…an uncommon but still used name in German-speaking countries.

    • Nolan McBride's Gravatar Nolan McBride
      March 20, 2019 - 9:56 am | Permalink

      Please share if you find one. I’m interested as well.

    • Karen Mallon Sharp's Gravatar Karen Mallon Sharp
      March 20, 2019 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

      I find nothing that says Hrotsvitha or Roswitha has been canonised…

      • Karen Mallon Sharp's Gravatar Karen Mallon Sharp
        March 20, 2019 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

        I find nothing that says Hrotsvitha or Roswitha has been canonised…AND I can find nothing that states that the Guerrilla Girls on Tour have ever actually awarded the Hrotsvitha Award since making the offer.

    • Vickie's Gravatar Vickie
      March 21, 2019 - 9:46 am | Permalink

      I can’t find her on any calendar either. SEC, please educate us.

  9. Debbie Northern's Gravatar Debbie Northern
    March 20, 2019 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Feel both women are worthy but the bees win…A vote for Gobnait!

  10. March 20, 2019 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    “As recently as 2006, a feminist theater company offered the First Annual Hrosvitha Award to any professional company that scrapped plans to produce “yet another production of a Greek tragedy” for one of hers.” Yes! Please!!

  11. Laurie Eiserloh's Gravatar Laurie Eiserloh
    March 20, 2019 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    Still upset about Philips Brooks.

    • Manny Faria's Gravatar Manny Faria
      March 20, 2019 - 8:47 am | Permalink

      Me too.

      • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
        March 20, 2019 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

        Me too!

    • Kate the Catechist's Gravatar Kate the Catechist
      March 20, 2019 - 8:52 am | Permalink

      Me three.

      • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
        March 20, 2019 - 8:59 am | Permalink

        Moi aussi. I think he came close to the finals in an earlier season of Lent Madness. I was inspired by that round to visit his church in Boston and buy a book of his sermons, which are still eloquent today.

    • John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
      March 20, 2019 - 8:54 am | Permalink
    • March 20, 2019 - 9:16 am | Permalink

      Me, too. My bracket is broken wide open.

    • Emily's Gravatar Emily
      March 20, 2019 - 9:45 am | Permalink

      Me too

    • Ruth's Gravatar Ruth
      March 20, 2019 - 9:52 am | Permalink

      Me too. He was a great man. Preached at Lincoln’s funeral, I believe.

    • Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
      March 20, 2019 - 11:31 am | Permalink

      I’m profoundly disappointed that he was defeated by a slaveholder, and reputed to be a cruel one at that. In Lent Madness as in other elections, it is is crucial to do your research (or at least read the comment threads) before pulling the lever.

      • Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
        March 20, 2019 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

        Me, too, Laurie and Lisa! So disappointing. Glad I am in good company. One good thing, I’ve been searching for more of his sermons.

    • Barbara Gay's Gravatar Barbara Gay
      March 21, 2019 - 7:27 am | Permalink

      Me too. I’m awomanand s feminist but I think we can still recognize saintliness among dead white men.

  12. Irene's Gravatar Irene
    March 20, 2019 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Tough one.I love bees and Gobnait seems wonderful. Hrotsvitha is fabulous in a different way; a powerful intellectual and artist and devout religious leader in a time and place where women didn’t really have space to shine like that. A lot of Gobnait’s story sounds like folklore to me, though; I went with Hrotsvitha, choosing the real woman over the legend.

    • Beverly Duncan's Gravatar Beverly Duncan
      March 20, 2019 - 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Another difficult choice – they certainly don’t get any easier ( but isn’t that half the fun?)
      I voted for Hrotsvitha for the same reason you did – Gobnait’s bio sounds so very folklorish
      and although I think highly of folklore I went for the real person.

      • Thomasine's Gravatar Thomasine
        March 20, 2019 - 9:04 pm | Permalink

        One person’s folklore is another’s miracle.

  13. Mollie Douglas Turner's Gravatar Mollie Douglas Turner
    March 20, 2019 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    Drama major here, but morality plays are not the most inspiring kind of theatre. Sorry, Hrotsvitha. The beekeeping Irish saint has my vote—and I love her honeycomb dress!

    • Patty Gould Rosenberg's Gravatar Patty Gould Rosenberg
      March 20, 2019 - 8:40 am | Permalink

      Gloucester County VA. The beehive is our county seal. Must vote for the bee saint.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 20, 2019 - 8:54 am | Permalink

      Oh cool! I didn’t notice that!

    • SPCHeadVerger's Gravatar SPCHeadVerger
      March 20, 2019 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

      THAT’s it! When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was balls of yarn… (Yes, I see them everywhere. 🙂

    • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
      March 20, 2019 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

      I was wondering what the dress symbolized. It didn’t register with me since honeycomb is usually depicted as yellow, but duhhhh to me!. Any thoughts on what she is holding in her left hand (her left, as she is clearly holding her staff in her right one)?

      This is a fabulous work of stained glass!

      • Karen Hoyer's Gravatar Karen Hoyer
        March 20, 2019 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

        I think it is a little model of a church, actually looks like it is made of gingerbread but maybe not. (If you click on it the picture will get bigger so you can see it.)

        • Nell Spillane's Gravatar Nell Spillane
          March 21, 2019 - 8:40 am | Permalink

          It’s a representation of her foundation – well what Harry Clarke the stained glass artist imagined her church would look like-in Romanesque & Gothic sculptural programmes you often find saints & founders & benefactors depicted with the a mini version of the church associated with then

  14. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    March 20, 2019 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Though I’m playwright myself, I can’t resist voting for the Hermione Granger of obsure saints. Bee-youtiful.

  15. Jane Christmas's Gravatar Jane Christmas
    March 20, 2019 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    This one is tough! Both women were shit-disturbers, which I love — finding ways of challenging power through their individual acts of civil disruption. Bravo. In the end, I went with Hrotsvitha because, as Tonya Eza says above, her story made me laugh.

    • Mary Palmer Legare's Gravatar Mary Palmer Legare
      March 20, 2019 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

      This was a tough choice! But I had to go with Hrotsvitha because I think it would have been fun to hang out with her. Besides, Gobniat sounds like a candy that might be sold on the Hogwarts train.

      • Nell Spillane's Gravatar Nell Spillane
        March 20, 2019 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

        Ah but when Gobnsit is said in the softest of Irish accents it’s as sweet & subtle as the honey from Ballyvourney.

  16. Peg the Drama Queen's Gravatar Peg the Drama Queen
    March 20, 2019 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    oops, SEC please delete the repeat– I am Peg S.

  17. Patty Gould Rosenberg's Gravatar Patty Gould Rosenberg
    March 20, 2019 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    Gloucester County VA. The beehive is our county seal. Must vote for the bee saint.

    • Debbie Northern's Gravatar Debbie Northern
      March 20, 2019 - 10:51 am | Permalink

      Hi! I am originally from Richmond Co, VA and go visit my folks a couple times a year! Good to hear about the bees from that part of the country!

  18. Joyce's Gravatar Joyce
    March 20, 2019 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha gets my vote today. I do love the bees and the story but I have to give credit to the one that tried to save women when it went against the times.

    • March 20, 2019 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

      One does have to wonder. Which is in more danger of becoming extinct these days: bees or chastitiy?

  19. Mama J's Gravatar Mama J
    March 20, 2019 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    I love stories, all kinds of stories. . . and bees are beautiful. Though Hrotsvitha left some documentation behind that speaks to today’s ‘easy ways,’ I’m voting for Gobniat based on the ‘romance’ in the stories. . . and the bees. . . and I love honey’s many uses. The collect is a keeper!

  20. PatR's Gravatar PatR
    March 20, 2019 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    Had to go with the Benedictine! I owe a great deal to those wonderful ladies whose leadership and value of higher education for women was a role model for me in my formative years.

  21. Christine Parkhurst's Gravatar Christine Parkhurst
    March 20, 2019 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    Gobnait the bee keeper, doing feats of strength and holy magic- she fits right in to the early Irish epics, where many of the heroes were women. Her story was no doubt passed down by the story tellers, part of an oral tradition that carried stories over many generations. I bet she is based on a powerful and holy woman who deserved to be praised by the story tellers. Go Gobnait!

  22. Kate Mason's Gravatar Kate Mason
    March 20, 2019 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha offered plays
    and poems and martyrdom tales.
    What’s not to like??

  23. Jerry Cappel's Gravatar Jerry Cappel
    March 20, 2019 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    Gobnabit, people! Vote for bees! If you like to eat, vote for bees! You can always go to the theater later.
    Nuff said.

  24. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    March 20, 2019 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    Glad I joined this, truly looking forward each morning to remembering a saint I had forgotten about and especially learning about the lives of new to me
    awesome saints. Appreciate all involved and offer my thanks.
    Today I admire both of course , love knowing the artist in Hrotsvitha , but I am drawn to vote for Gobnait and her life of faith, healing, and bravery also love the depiction of her in the Icon and she recognized it seems the importance of bees environmentally .


  25. March 20, 2019 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    I had to vote for Gobnait. I liked the bees as a deterrent for invaders, and one set of great grandparents came from County Cork.

  26. March 20, 2019 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    Yesterday’s blogs contained one eluding to a feminine slant in the voting. We actually have a pretty even set of winners based on sex. Having thought about this I see a different take on it.
    It seems many so far are voting for examples of living Christ’s example in simpler ways, against all odds, without a church supporting them at the time. They are leaving an impact that everyone of us can generate in some manner. They are more examples that everyday humans can relate to.

    • Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
      March 20, 2019 - 10:35 am | Permalink

      Spot on!

  27. Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
    March 20, 2019 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    Gobnait’s story is so charming–bees, Irish wells that bring healing, guerilla attacks on pushy developers (Where did she get those metal balls she hoisted every night??) So much to love there. But my lot is with Hrotsvitha, my fellow writer. She empowered the powerless, and through humor! And the shtick about the man groping pots and pans is a hoot. I can’t help it–it reminds me of a certain current political figure.

    • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
      March 20, 2019 - 9:05 am | Permalink

      “Grab them by the pothandles.” Karma.

      • Linda Burnett's Gravatar Linda Burnett
        March 20, 2019 - 6:10 pm | Permalink


  28. St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
    March 20, 2019 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    While I like bees, Gobnait sounds purely legendary. Without bees,we cannot eat. Without theater, we die. The golden fuzzballs will do fine; dust them with mite powder regularly. Gobnait sounds pretty dangerous and would probably lob an iron ball at their hive wiping it out. But a medieval woman poet and playwright? Priceless. Reinterpreting Roman theater for the middle ages sounds like a worthy enterprise. “Oh God you have brought us near to the spirits of just women made perfect.” Fixed it for you.

    • Beverly's Gravatar Beverly
      March 20, 2019 - 9:13 am | Permalink

      I’ve been gobsmacked!

    March 20, 2019 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    Yes, ma’am!

  30. Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
    March 20, 2019 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    This was the toughest decision to date in Lent Madness 2019. I find both saints appealing and worthy, for very different reasons. However, I made my final decision by determining with which one of them I could sit down and talk to over a cup of tea. Hrotsvitha would probably intimidate the heck out of me, she was such an accomplished woman; there’s an everydayness about Gobnait, though, and I’d lay odds she made great soda bread to go with the honey. Besides, in this day and age when honey bees have become an endangered species – which endangers us all – I’m going with the beekeeper.

  31. Debra Brewin-Wilson's Gravatar Debra Brewin-Wilson
    March 20, 2019 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Gobnait is the Irish version of Deborah, meaning bee (or queen bee, perhaps?–not to be confused with Beyonce). I’m voting for her, not just because we share a name, but because I admire her faithfulness in protecting her community.

  32. Judy's Gravatar Judy
    March 20, 2019 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Playing Lent Madness is not for those whose theology is faint
    Today it’s Match number 11 nd I’m still grappling with what makes a saint
    Fortunately for me
    Lent Madness is helping me see
    Wondrous deeds yes, but Even saints did not live a life without taint.

    • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
      March 20, 2019 - 9:29 am | Permalink

      I like how you got 19 syllables into the second line. Pure heroism.

      • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
        March 20, 2019 - 9:43 am | Permalink

        Worthy of Ogden Nash.

        • Mary C.'s Gravatar Mary C.
          March 20, 2019 - 11:19 am | Permalink

          St, Celia, you go, girl!

        • Mary C.'s Gravatar Mary C.
          March 20, 2019 - 11:20 am | Permalink

          Davis, I thought the same thing.

  33. March 20, 2019 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    I’ll take this opportunity to thank Nell who walked Gobnait’s pattern for healing for me and for Helen and sent us ribbons, intended to untangle our tangles. I carry mine on my backpack and have never since lost the trail.

    • Nell Spillane's Gravatar Nell Spillane
      March 20, 2019 - 11:55 am | Permalink

      On Mays eve I’ll be paying the pattern at The City at Shrine which alongside with Saint Gobnait’s shrine at Ballyvourney & An Tober near Millstreet, form a Triad of pilgrimage sites dedicated to powerful female saints & in their earlier history female deities.

  34. Doc's Gravatar Doc
    March 20, 2019 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    I’d love to vote for an Irish Saint so close to St Patty’s day. But I was intrigued and read a little more about Hrotsvitha. I learned that one of her ongoing dramatic themes was the perpetual struggle between good and evil, both personally and collectively. If I were a writer, it would be one of mine, too. Decision made.

  35. Sai's Gravatar Sai
    March 20, 2019 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    Two strong women…I like them both! Never thought I’d read the expression “medieval slut shaming” on Lent Madness, but it made me laugh! However, my gut reaction is to vote for Gobnait. Because she’s Irish? The bees? That she protected people? Or, perhaps, it was the beautiful color portrait of her in honeycomb-inspired garb that swayed me (it’s a stunning work of art). Can’t provide a rational reason for my vote, but Gobnait resonated with me. So, Gobnait it is!

  36. Debbie Hunter's Gravatar Debbie Hunter
    March 20, 2019 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    This one is especially hard to choose as I am a theatre person and my name is Deborah – honey bee – and Gobnait is also known as Deborah
    Had to flip a coin and it came up with Hrotsvitha.
    I really want both!

  37. March 20, 2019 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    I loved Hrotsvitha‘s story! I’m going to have to check out her plays: I’m guessing the dominant theme is not chastity per se (a word that gets out onto a surprising number of women and women’s works despite the equal or greater presence of other themes, thanks patriarchy), and more the experiences many women in her community likely had in common: being pressured to marry, not only by importunate suitors, but by families who wanted the benefits of status, power, or money that a daughter’s “good marriage” could bring them, with little regard for the woman’s own wishes.

    Besides, the Celtic church has *plenty* of well known saints – let’s lift up a German abbess for a change!

    • John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
      March 20, 2019 - 10:05 am | Permalink

      I had a vague memory that Hildegard von Bingen had ascended pretty high in the past, but a little jaunt in the Wayback Machine revealed that she had been edged by Egeria in the first round of LM 2015.
      Time for a titanic Teutonic turnover, nicht wahr?

      • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
        March 20, 2019 - 10:09 am | Permalink


  38. Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
    March 20, 2019 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    What a tough choice! I love them both! I really enjoy the thought of a nun frustrating developers’ plans (especially living in a city where certain areas are rapidly being gentrified – perhaps we need a Gobnait or two). But I went with Hrotsvitha for her (seemingly subversive) plays. I’m a big fan of comedies that speak truth to power.

  39. Ven Neil's Gravatar Ven Neil
    March 20, 2019 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    Save the bees, and vote for Gobnait, and consider naming a daughter after this saint!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 20, 2019 - 9:55 am | Permalink

      Poor young ‘un! Maybe for a middle name? 😀

      • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
        March 20, 2019 - 10:30 am | Permalink

        Or translate it . . .


  40. Dr. Laurence C. Seigler's Gravatar Dr. Laurence C. Seigler
    March 20, 2019 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    like Both, Very special people…
    Please don’t program any more color backgrounds, makes reading very difficult.

  41. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 20, 2019 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    The bees have it at our house! Voting for Gobnait today, with her everydayness. Just got a package of the environmentally friendly Bees Wraps, to use in place of plastic wraps.

  42. Patrice's Gravatar Patrice
    March 20, 2019 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    Another tough choice, but I had to vote for Gobnait on behalf of the struggling bees. Still, I am extremely grateful that Hrotsvitha’s wonderful story of being the first known woman playwright has been told, along with those of many other obscure saints.
    Whether all the details of their lives are true or not matters less to me than the fact that ordinary people lived lives of such exemplary faith they continue to inspire us today. Thank you, SEC. Thank you, celebrity bloggers. And thank you, Lent Madness community for making this time more meaningful and fun.

  43. Janice Zitzmann's Gravatar Janice Zitzmann
    March 20, 2019 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    I would like to hang out with Hrotsvitha.

  44. Sue Goodman's Gravatar Sue Goodman
    March 20, 2019 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    Gobnait – because she worked for her community and protected bees, as we all should today as good stewards of God’s creation.

  45. Nolan McBride's Gravatar Nolan McBride
    March 20, 2019 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    As an actor Hrotsvitha has my vote.

  46. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    March 20, 2019 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    Scott and Tim – tried to comment and got a big error message that told me to contact but got a failed email reply. What to do?

  47. Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
    March 20, 2019 - 9:57 am | Permalink

    Just a thought: Did Hrotsvitha remind anyone else of Hildegard?

  48. Eileen in Chicago's Gravatar Eileen in Chicago
    March 20, 2019 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Gobnait is the Gaelic version of Abigail. I have this from an Irish nun who bestowed Gobnait’s blessing on my then infant daughter, Abigail. Let’s rally the Abigails to Gobnait’s cause.

  49. Charles Stuart's Gravatar Charles Stuart
    March 20, 2019 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha had me at “first known female playwright.” Then I read about Gobnait’s badass rep and her beekeeping and changed my mind. So, yeah, a toughie as always. But on further reflection, my vote went for the candidate whose story exemplifies a woman leading a life of the mind at a time when that was exceedingly rare. And although not a lot is known of Hrotsvitha’s life, the few details suggest a narrative that I find appealing, namely, that of a person who has lived fully in the secular world before making the decision to embrace the spiritual. Thanks, Supreme Executive Councillors, for another fine matchup!

  50. Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
    March 20, 2019 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    “The most remarkable woman of her time.” And if that weren’t enough, a writer of comedies! Nothing against Gobnait; but her story, unlike Hrotsvitha’s, resembles many others and is largely fabulous. In ‘Vitha we have a real historical figure with a tangible legacy, though there seem to be doubts about the authenticity of the works attributed to her.

    • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
      March 20, 2019 - 10:18 am | Permalink

      Apparently today people need a fabulous saint:
      It’s out with the old and in with the new
      Goodbye clouds of gray, hello skies of blue
      A dip in the pool, a trip to the spa
      Endless days in my chaise
      The whole world according to moi
      Iced tea imported from England
      Lifeguards imported from Spain
      Towels imported from Turkey
      And turkey imported from Maine
      We’re gonna relax and renew
      You go do
      She want fabulous, that is my simple request
      All things fabulous, bigger and better and best
      She need something inspiring to help me get along
      She need a little fabulous, is that so wrong?
      Fabulous pool, fabulous splash
      Fabulous parties even fabulous trash
      Fabulous fashion, fabulous bling
      She’s got to have fabulous everything
      Nothing to discuss
      I need, I need, I need, I need, I need, I need
      I need fabulous.

      • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
        March 20, 2019 - 10:20 am | Permalink

        • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
          March 20, 2019 - 10:43 am | Permalink

          Aw, I thought you wrote this, St. C! I love me some Sharpay on a beautiful day! My daughter was Sharpay in HSM (#1) in 2007; I made her costumes–her “Bop to the Top” dress required yards and yards and yards of aqua chiffon ribbon gathered and sewn on in rows.

          • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
            March 20, 2019 - 11:06 am | Permalink

            Nothing says “vernal equinox” like aqua chiffon! While the spa/moi rhyme is worthy of me (tee hee), I alas did not write this fizzy wonder. But your Sharpay/day rhyme is excellent as well.

  51. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    March 20, 2019 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    Gobnait and her superhero bees! Also voting for her because of the bees that have become an endangered species, and the way in which she protected the village from plague. Also for the many uses of honey, especially in honey cake!

  52. Beverly Redd's Gravatar Beverly Redd
    March 20, 2019 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    I just really like the name Gobnait and her actions to protect her village were straight out of the 60s!

  53. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 20, 2019 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    I noticed that Gobnait has a personalized Collect while the Collect for Hrotsvitha appears to be generic and references the spirits of just men made perfect. What about the spurts of just women and people who identify as non-binary made perfect?

    Gobnait got my vote, but if I had the time I’d try to craft a better and less patriarchical Collect for the medieval nun who wrote about women leveraging chasity to avoid forced marriage and unwanted groping.

    • Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
      March 20, 2019 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for pointing out the collect. Hoping that it can be ammended. Why not just refer to ‘the just’?

  54. Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
    March 20, 2019 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha (no, auto-correct, _not_ Hrothgar!) , partly because she’s trailing at this point, partly because she wrote plays (nothing wrong with protecting bees), and partly because her name is so unusual.

  55. Don Harting's Gravatar Don Harting
    March 20, 2019 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    Gotta go with the poet/playwright. Hrotsvitha for me today.

  56. Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
    March 20, 2019 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    I voted for Hrotsvitha. One line stood out for me – that chastity was one of very few ways women could yield power in the Middle Ages. Also I felt sorry for her because her collect refers to “just men made perfect” and doesn’t even acknowledge her as a woman, nor does it name her!
    Gobnait has a better collect. I enjoyed reading about both saints.

  57. J Young's Gravatar J Young
    March 20, 2019 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    Gobnait, because of the bees and because a good pitcher is a pearl without price.

  58. JOAN OGDEN's Gravatar JOAN OGDEN
    March 20, 2019 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    Loving bees, and knowing how imperiled they are currently, how can I do anything other than vote for Gobnait

  59. Musigirl's Gravatar Musigirl
    March 20, 2019 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    Legends vs first female German playwright? Must vote on behalf of theater! Though I do love and appreciate bees!

  60. March 20, 2019 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Hrotswitha gets my vote — a nun who was a writer and got the message that humour is godly.
    But the collect – really?? Just men made perfect? No women made perfect?

  61. Anthony Lee's Gravatar Anthony Lee
    March 20, 2019 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    Gobnait has a little too much quasi-fabulous hagiography for my taste. But Hrotsvitha reminds me (and John Cabot) of Hildegard of Bingen, about 150 years later than Hrotsvitha, who was similarly hailed as the first female composer of note (no pun intended). There must have been something about medieval Germany that fostered creative women who attained historical recognition (and maybe others who didn’t).

    • Anthony Lee's Gravatar Anthony Lee
      March 20, 2019 - 10:57 am | Permalink

      Since some of Hildegard’s works were morality plays set to music, this is another link to Hrotsvitha through dramatic work.

  62. Lygia's Gravatar Lygia
    March 20, 2019 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    Gotta go with the Irish. But I am surprised to see a vote between two with names even harder to pronounce than mine. I hadn’t thought that would be possible.

    • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
      March 20, 2019 - 11:10 am | Permalink

      Phrygia was an ancient nation in what is now Turkey. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story called “Ligeia.” You don’t want to know what happens to the heroine. But you do get to choose various pronunciations, all with interesting historical roots.

      • Mary C.'s Gravatar Mary C.
        March 20, 2019 - 4:18 pm | Permalink

        Lygia is also the name of the heroine of the novel (and film) Quo Vadis. Might you have been named for her?

        • Linda Burnett's Gravatar Linda Burnett
          March 20, 2019 - 6:21 pm | Permalink

          I love that movie!

  63. Jan Smith's Gravatar Jan Smith
    March 20, 2019 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    Hmm. The deep rooted prejudice/presupposition hidden inside my subconscious was revealed today. For unknown reasons, I had assumed that both of these previously unheard of saintly folk were men. I chose to vote for Hrotsvitha because I didn’t like the malicious mischief in Gobnait’s story. If only she converted the invader instead.

  64. Linda S's Gravatar Linda S
    March 20, 2019 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha, the voice of womanhood in the 10th century. Yeeeoow!

  65. Judy Hoover's Gravatar Judy Hoover
    March 20, 2019 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Love them both but my mom’s nickname was Bee. What else can i say?

  66. John Miller's Gravatar John Miller
    March 20, 2019 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Gobnait it is. Her activism and pragmatism are steller. And her use of bees is a welcome activity in a world that has bees on the run as a species.

  67. Victoria's Gravatar Victoria
    March 20, 2019 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    Another difficult pairing! The names alone make them worthy of support.

    Bees vs. knee-slappers about chastity . . . tough choice.

  68. Mary Jane C. Ingalls's Gravatar Mary Jane C. Ingalls
    March 20, 2019 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    My love of theatre cast my vote for Hrotsvitha; however, the allure of pagan Irish folktales dressed up as Christian history makes for an outstanding theatre of the imagination as well. Very nice mashup for a Wednesday morning.

  69. Mary C.'s Gravatar Mary C.
    March 20, 2019 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure Gobnait will win, and I would probably have voted for her if I hadn’t taught Roswitha’s (yet another spelling of her name) plays in a college course on ancient and medieval women writers. My favorite among them is Callimacjhus–a bit more plot than most, with even a hint of predestination.

  70. Donice Gilliland's Gravatar Donice Gilliland
    March 20, 2019 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    I love Gobnait’s icon and I love learning about both of these women, having never before heard of either. Voting is a toss-up. I just have to say that their names suggest to me characters that could have been created by Tolkien!

  71. Mary C.'s Gravatar Mary C.
    March 20, 2019 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    Ooops! Callimachus!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 20, 2019 - 11:42 am | Permalink

      Either way, Mary C., I am impressed that you have actually studied her work!

  72. Judye Nazareth's Gravatar Judye Nazareth
    March 20, 2019 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    I went with Gobnait. Bees and Faithful service FTW

  73. Christina Thom's Gravatar Christina Thom
    March 20, 2019 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    I finally have a patron Saint. I am born on Feb. 11. Go Gobnait!

    March 20, 2019 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    Difficult choice. I have been voting strategically for women!

  75. Katrina S Soto's Gravatar Katrina S Soto
    March 20, 2019 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Not sure why either of these made it into the bracket unless it was just quirkiness. I went with Hrotsvitha just because her story sounds more believable. The other seems made of fantasy stories.

  76. Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
    March 20, 2019 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    I’m still reeling from Marguerite the Slavedriver’s routing of Phillips Brooks yesterday. Glad to have a lighter, indeed downright whimsical matchup today. I’m going with Hrotsvitha because she sounds like she’d be an absolute hoot at a dinner party.

  77. Diane Quantic's Gravatar Diane Quantic
    March 20, 2019 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    I must go with she of the unspellable name. I am amazed that there was a period in history when plays could cause chastity and cure men’s baser instincts.

  78. Nanalee Raphael's Gravatar Nanalee Raphael
    March 20, 2019 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    I have been a Hrotsvitha fan since I studied her in theater history 50 years ago! But those history books weren’t as thorough as this introduction; I’m looking forward to finding and reading the pots and pans comedy.However, what’s this with the collect that doesn’t even have her name in it?

  79. Anne E.B.'s Gravatar Anne E.B.
    March 20, 2019 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    Today’s matchup is so unfair. I love both these ladies! In the end though, I go with Hrotsvitha. A writer, poet, playwright and comedian. And the pots and pans story won me over.

  80. Carolyn Albright's Gravatar Carolyn Albright
    March 20, 2019 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait it is . . . in honor of my own Irish heritage, because she used bees as an effective weapon, she drew a line in the sand/dirt, and I’m curious to know if she was the first shotputter (throwing iron balls).

  81. March 20, 2019 - 12:13 pm | Permalink

    This one was a toughy! But bees pushed Gobnait just a little further for me. I just have a soft spot for our poor bees!!

  82. Nell Spillane's Gravatar Nell Spillane
    March 20, 2019 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I still attend the pilgrimage on Gobnait’s feast day, have a sister named for her and ‘pay the pattern’ everytime I pass through Ballyvourney. The latter is a hang over from my youth when my mother, obviously with a considerable amount of divine intervention, made 5 recalcitrant teenagers pay the quite lengthy pattern (a pattern or round is the sequence of site specific prayers & ritual actions unique to each pilgrimage in Ireland) every time we drove to Cork which was pretty often as it was our market centre. She used to tell us “well you can do it now & get it over with or do it on the way back with an extra Rosary for Granny……..” Got us every single time.
    I remember seeing The Harry Clark depiction of Gobnait for the first time at about and that representation of unapologetically powerful elegant beauty superceded my previous image of a grumpy auld one! So I have to give my vote to Gobnait.

  83. michaelcudney's Gravatar michaelcudney
    March 20, 2019 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    As a theatre lover, I had no choice but to go with Hrosvitha, despite my own Irish ancestors, as well as enjoyment of honey.
    And the Tony Award for Best Medieval Play goes to……..

    • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
      March 20, 2019 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

      Everyman, of course.

  84. Suzanne Mann's Gravatar Suzanne Mann
    March 20, 2019 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I had to go with the theater lady.

  85. John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
    March 20, 2019 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    As a (retired) drama teacher and (retired) film and theater) critic, I should have voted for Hrosvitha. However, I’m also a fan of the extravagant legends in medieval hagiography from the British Isles-as one skeptical contributor to an Oxford Movement series of lives of the saints like this: “This is all, and indeed rather more than all, that is known to men of the life of St. Neot, but certainly not more than is known to the angels in Heaven.” So Gobnail it is! Truth to tell, she had me as soon as I saw the window by Harry Clarke, whose book illustrations are on the short list of the greatest in the world—if y’all don’t know about them, check out his illustrations for the 1923 edition of Edgar Allan Poe, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”!

  86. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 20, 2019 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Another difficult choice, but my vote goes to Hrotsvitha who used imagination and humour to challenge and inspire. But please do something about the collect for her.

  87. Stephen Lusk's Gravatar Stephen Lusk
    March 20, 2019 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Looks grim for Hrotsvitha, which is a shame. The Episcopal Church’s calendar is singularly lacking in 10th century saints (there’s only Dunstan of Canterbury), and its brain trust is desperate to add more women. A pioneering female playwright would be a good addition.

  88. Cynthia's Gravatar Cynthia
    March 20, 2019 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Mobilizing bees and throwing balls at walls…you go Gobnait!

  89. Candace's Gravatar Candace
    March 20, 2019 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait and her holy wrecking ball!!

  90. Peggy Hans's Gravatar Peggy Hans
    March 20, 2019 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m sulking because Phillips Brooks didn’t advance yesterday. Couldn’t get too excited about today’s matchup, but Gobnait and her bees seemed the best choice.

    • Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
      March 20, 2019 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Joining you in the sulks, Peggy. It may be a personal failing on my part that I need inspiration and encouragement to persevere – Brooks does that for me. And I voted for the Irish bees too.

  91. Canadian Pip's Gravatar Canadian Pip
    March 20, 2019 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Off to Ireland tomorrow so the Irish challenger is my choice

  92. Rob's Gravatar Rob
    March 20, 2019 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Neither appear worthy.

  93. Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
    March 20, 2019 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ve become Svitha’s sixth YouTube subscriber.

    • St Celia's Gravatar St Celia
      March 20, 2019 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

      “The Six Charisms of Hare Svitha,” by Davis Dassori. Perfect timing: today is the vishnal equinox.

  94. Isabel Jane Dowrick's Gravatar Isabel Jane Dowrick
    March 20, 2019 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    you had me at the bees!

  95. Corey Sees's Gravatar Corey Sees
    March 20, 2019 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Hrotsvitha suffers from a poor write up today! Who would vote for her after accusing her of slut shaming? Often, these posts make saints sound much cooler than their wikipedia page. Sadly, today’s post about Hrothsvitha does the opposite.

  96. Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
    March 20, 2019 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    A nun with a snarky sense of humor! Spreading her spiritual ideals with imagination and wit! And she took on the “women can’t write” trope head-on. How can I not vote for Hrosvitha. As icing on the cake, she has a setting at Judy Chicago’s “Dinner Party.”

  97. March 20, 2019 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. Still don’t find anything indicating canonization. I thought she might be in our Cloud of Witnesses, but nothing there, either. So, absent confirmation that she is indeed haloed, if not golden, I’ll have to cast my vote for Gobnait. Could it be that her parents bribed the Supreme Executive Council to gain her admittance to the Round of 32? If so, should she be punished for the sins of her parents or could we give her deferred status? Would this make her truly a saint for our times?

  98. Jane Bucci's Gravatar Jane Bucci
    March 20, 2019 - 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait – nothing to support my vote other than the fact her story resonated with me. And I do love raw honey.

  99. lelele's Gravatar lelele
    March 20, 2019 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    VOTE GOBNAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!

  100. Yvonne's Gravatar Yvonne
    March 20, 2019 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Well, the beekeeper in me just has to go for Gobnait!

  101. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
    March 20, 2019 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    As a lover of honey and a person who loves historic preservation, I voted for the beekeeping protestor against invasive construction. My husband and I plan our garden to contain many plants that support and encourage bees and other pollinators, as well as Monarch butterflies. We also sweeten our coffee and tea with honey purchased from a local farmer.

  102. Stephanie Schultz's Gravatar Stephanie Schultz
    March 20, 2019 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I would choose Gobnait for the image alone. Its incredible!

  103. Carol Tyrrell's Gravatar Carol Tyrrell
    March 20, 2019 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Voted for Hrosvitha, the pots and pans is hilarious, she just sounds more real.

  104. Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
    March 20, 2019 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait, , because of the bees.

  105. Charlotte Desilets's Gravatar Charlotte Desilets
    March 20, 2019 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait is the one! A beekeeper installed 2 hives on St. Alban’s property last year, which were meant for bee propagation only. Gobnait must have blessed the project, because the bees liked our acreage so much, they produced two harvests of honey.

  106. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    March 20, 2019 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Sung to the John Lennon tune: “All we are saying, is give bees a chance!”
    Love those pollinators, but I’ll vote for Hrotsvitha because she has so many more consonants in her name that I feel for her.

  107. Greg's Gravatar Greg
    March 20, 2019 - 5:58 pm | Permalink
  108. Linda Burnett's Gravatar Linda Burnett
    March 20, 2019 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Today’s matchup is representative one of the best things about Lent Madness. Two faithful women brought out of obscurity onto the stage of Lent Madness. I just love learning about people who otherwise I probably never would have heard of. Both women contributed to their communities in creative ways, but I went with Gobnait today primarily because of her work with bees, her Irish heritage, and her determination to protect her community from forces that would destroy it. I wonder if that metal ball is still available…

  109. Eleanor Cotter's Gravatar Eleanor Cotter
    March 20, 2019 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    My mother’s people are from Ballyvourney. Gobnait for the win!

  110. NoraB's Gravatar NoraB
    March 20, 2019 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Gobnait. The line in the sand protecting from illness and the bee whispering makes her sound like a cool Irish witch.

  111. Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
    March 20, 2019 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been flip-flopping all day: vote for Hrotsvitha in honor of the Rev. Becca Stevens or vote for Gobnait in honor ot Thistle Farms? Still haven’t decided.

  112. Mike Juhasz's Gravatar Mike Juhasz
    March 20, 2019 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Assuming Gobnait goes on to victory could the SEC not fix it so she could meet St. Peter in the next round? I would love to see the keeper of the keys meet the keeper of the bees!

  113. Ann Lane's Gravatar Ann Lane
    March 20, 2019 - 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Had to vote for Gobnait. It was the bees! One of my favorite novels is The Secret Life of Bees. Love its depiction of women’s spirituality,

  114. Janet Birckhead's Gravatar Janet Birckhead
    March 20, 2019 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Gobnait because we need bees, because she (and they) protected the community, and because God healed people through her.

  115. Mary Palmer Legare's Gravatar Mary Palmer Legare
    March 20, 2019 - 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I believe you, Nell, but alas–I don’t possess that sweet, soft Irish accent, so my imagination is limited in such sounds. Hrotsvitha is too unpronounceable to even remind me of any word at all, so I just went with her because she sanctified the bawdy!

  116. Judith Delaney's Gravatar Judith Delaney
    March 20, 2019 - 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Love the theater but have to vote for Gobnait because one of my ancestral line goes back to County Clare.

  117. Barbara Gay's Gravatar Barbara Gay
    March 20, 2019 - 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait because her name. And bees!

  118. March 21, 2019 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    I’m voting for Gobnait, in recognition of the witness and impact of early Celtic Christianity, and in thankful memory of my recent visits to County Clare and County Cork. And, I must say, that is a lovely work of art representing Gobnait- don’t know if it’s a stained glass window, but it looks like one.

  119. Ellen's Gravatar Ellen
    March 21, 2019 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    I cannot get down for anyone who writes about “tricking” someone into conversion. So, my vote goes to Gobnait.

  120. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    March 21, 2019 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    In which play did Hrosvitha write of tricking someone into converting?

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