Saint Christina the Astonishing was born into a poor Belgian family in 1150. she ‘died’ aged 22 but at her requiem she rose from her coffin and flew away like a bird, wanting to escape the smell of sinful humanity. This was the first of many mad, disobedient exploits in her long and remarkable life. Jane Draycott and Lesley Saunders retell her story as a woman’s search for psychic self-nourishment.
Christina the Astonishing is strange, wild, exhilerating: as in a piece of medieval polyphony the authors mingle their voices, making connections between history and fantasy, between inner life and outer witness. I was intrigued, entertained, and – yes – astonished’
- Christina the Astonishing
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