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ST BIRGITTA OF SWEDEN AND HER

REVELACIONES
 
 

Bishop Hemming of Turku, Finland, St Birgitta of Sweden, Urdialu, Finland

Birgitta of Sweden, Revelationes, Autograph Manuscript, Royal Library, Stockholm, Sweden http://libraries.theeuropeanlibrary.org/treasures_en.xml§

To see the two Lund University manuscripts of Birgitta's Revelationes: http://laurentius.lub.lu.se/§
 

irgitta of Sweden (1303-1373) and Julian of Norwich (1342-141?) were contemporaries, Julian being born the year of Birgitta's Arras Vision of St Dionysius concerning the Hundred Years' War between the Kings of England and France, 1342, Birgitta's Vision of the Crucifix at St Pauls outside the Walls, in Rome, being in 1368, and Julian's Vision of the Crucifix in 1373, the year of Birgitta's death in Rome. Birgitta, the mother of eight children and Mother Foundress of the Brigittine Order, travelled on pilgrimage and into exile: to Trondheim, Compostela, Rome, and Jerusalem. She and her daughter worked with Catherine of Siena defending the Papacy. All three women, Birgitta of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, and Julian of Norwich, wrote books called Revelations, Birgitta's unfolding from 1345 until her death in 1373, Catherine's, 1377-1378, Julian's perhaps from 1368-1413. Margery Kempe copied them. These women are linked by the Norwich Benedictine, Cardinal Adam Easton who wrote the Defensorium Sanctae Birgitta in Norwich, 1389-1391, defending women's visionary writings, having already written his Defensorium Ecclesiastice Potestatis, 1379-1380, against Dante 's De Monarchia.

***The entire Revelationes in Latin by St Birgitta of Sweden. Scholar

To retrieve these essays click on their underlined titles:

Influence on St Birgitta of Sweden:

Saint Agnes and Saint Cecilia: Ambered in Eucharist General/Contemplative/Scholar

Helena, Egeria, Paula, Eustochium, Bridget, Guthrithyr, Margaret, Isolda, Birgitta, Catherine, Margery: The Bible and Women Pilgrims English. General/Scholar

Jo Ann McNamara 'Cornelia's Daughters: Paula and Eustochium' General/Scholar

Margaret of Jerusalem/Beverley and Thomas of Beverley/Froidmont, Her Brother, Her Biographer English/Latin Scholar/General

Thomas de Froidmont/'Bernard of Clairvaux', Written for his Sister, The Golden Epistle, Amherst Manuscript Middle English This text much beloved by St Birgitta who owned it in a manuscript from Spain, perhaps given her by Alfonso of Jaen. Contemplative/Scholar

Guigo II Ladder of Four Degrees Contemplative/Scholar/General

Both Birgitta of Sweden and Margery Kempe were associated with clerics who read Cardinal Jacques de Vitry writing on Marie d'Oignies . Peregrina Website gives relevant text. Latin. Scholar

St Clare of Assisi. Privilege of Poverty I: Privilege, Testament and Blessing Latin Scholar/Contemplative/General

St Clare of Assisi. Privilege of Poverty II: Regula Sanctae Clarae Latin Scholar/Contemplative

A Cell of Self Knowledge: The Pilgrimage Within, Christina of Markyate, Angela of Foligno, Umilta` of Faenza, Margaret Kirkeby (Margaret Heslyngton, Emma Stapleton), Birgitta of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, Francesca Romana, Elizabeth Barton General/Contemplative/Scholar

For Nicholas of Lyra, who influenced Magister Mathias, Birgitta of Sweden and Adam Easton, see Grover Furr's pdf files retrievable from http://chss.montclair.edu/english/furr/mel/medievalftp.html§ Scholar
 

Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super t.B. Romans thru Apocaplyse, poor copy Venice 1488.pdf || Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super totam Bibliam. Genesis to Job. Venice 1488.pdf || Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super totam Bibliam. Psalms to Ecclus. Strassb. 1492.pdf || Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super totam Bibliam.  Isaiah to end of O.T. Strassb. 1492.pdf || Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super totam Bibliam. Gospels. Strassb. 1492.pdf || Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super totam Bibliam. Romans thru Jude. Venice 1488.pdf || Nicolas of Lyra, Postilla super totam Bibliam. Apocalypsis. Strassb. 1492.pdf || Entire Latin Text. Scholar

Her Texts:

St Birgitta of Sweden Revelaciones The Entire Latin Text. Scholar

Using the Diskettes Published by Swedish Scholars, of the Complete Latin Texts, Based on Their Critical Editions, and Where Lacking on the Lübeck: Ghotan 1492 Editio Princeps.
Saint Birgitta and Florence's Certosa Latin/ English. Scholar


Her Liturgy:

St Birgitta Lessons, Syon Abbey: First Week English. Contemplative

St Birgitta Lessons, Syon Abbey: Second Week English. Contemplative

St Birgitta Lessons, Syon Abbey: Third Week English. Contemplative

The above Modern English version is read daily at Brigittine Syon Abbey in Devon. Latin and Swedish Texts of the Brigittine Lessons are published in Den heliga Birgitta och den helige Petrus av Skänninge, Officium parvum beate Marie Virginis, ed. Tryggve Lundén (Lund, 1976), Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Studia Historico-Ecclesiastica Upsaliensia 27-28; Latin Text, Sancta Birgitta, Opera Minora II: Sermo Angelicvs (RevelationesXI ), ed. Sten Eklund (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1972); Middle English Text in The Myroure of oure Ladye, ed. John Henry Blunt ( Early English Text Society , Extra Series, 29), Modern English Text in The Word of the Angel, trans. John Halborg (Peregrina Publishing ).



Her Life and Canonization:


Thomas Gascoigne. Life of Saint Birgitta English Scholar/General

Audio File of Above English Scholar/General New

Johannis Johannes Kalmarnensis. A Paradiso Document in the Florentine Archives, Written at Vadstena, 1397 . Scholar. Discussion by Birger Bergh, Daniela De Rosa, Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams, Monica Hedlund, Boyd Hill, Julia Bolton Holloway, Tore Nyberg and Bonnie Wheeler. English/Latin/italiano Scholar/General

James Hogg Cardinal Adam Easton's Letter to the Abbess of Vadstena English/Latin. Scholar

St Birgitta of Sweden: Her Relics General/Scholar/Contemplative

A Tower of Mirrors: Married Women Saints General/Scholar/Contemplative


Hard Copy English Versions of St Birgitta's Revelations and Vita:

The Liber Celestis of St Bridget of Sweden: The Middle English Version in British Library MS Claudius Bi, together with a life of the saint from the same manuscript , ed. Roger Ellis. London: Oxford University Press, 1987. Early English Text Society 291. Scholar

The Revelations of Saint Birgitta, Edited from the Fifteenth-Century Manuscript in the Garrett Collection in the Library of Princeton University, ed.William Patterson Cumming. London: Oxford University Press, 1929. Early English Text Society 178. Scholar

Birgitta of Sweden: Life and Selected Revelations, ed. Marguerite Tjader Harris, trans. Albert Ryle Kezel, introd. Tore Nyberg. New York: Paulist Press , 1990. [This work includes the Life, Book V, 'The Book of Questions', Book VII, and the Four Prayers.] General

Julia Bolton Holloway. Saint Bride and Her Book: St Birgitta's Revelations. Translated from Middle English with Introduction, Notes and Interpretative Essay. Newburyport: Focus, 1992; Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer , 2000. [This work translates the Life from a document written in the hand of Johannes Johannis Kalmarnensis (a Brigittine monk who was on mission in England), preserved at Florence's Brigittine Paradiso, and the Revelations from the Princeton University Library Garrett Manuscript in Middle English which was translated by two persons at Syon Abbey, one seeming to be a monk, the other a nun, presenting sections from Books I, II, IV, VI, VII.] Scholar/General/Contemplative

Birger Gregersson and Thomas Gascoigne , The Life of Saint Birgitta, ed. Julia Bolton Holloway. Toronto: Peregrina Publishing , 1991. Middle English, trans. into Modern English. General/Scholar


Her Influence:

Anchoress and Cardinal: Julian of Norwich and Adam Easton, O.S.B. English General/Scholar

Iris Origo Ser Lapo Mazzei writes to Messer Francesco Datini about Beata Brigida In Progress

Birgitta of Sweden, Rivelazioni, trans. Cristofano di Gano for Catherine of Siena's Cenacolo In Progress Scholar/Contemplative italiano 

Ann Roberts Beata Chiara Gambacorta of Pisa and Saint Birgitta of Sweden Scholar

The Julian of Norwich, Showing of Love and its Contexts Website General/Scholar/Contemplative

Textual Communities and Gendered Audiences: Julian of Norwich and The Cloud of Unknowing Scholar

Julian of Norwich The Brigittine Syon Abbey/Westminster Cathedral Showing of Love Manuscript General/Contemplative/Scholar

The Mystics' Internet: Birgitta of Sweden, Catherine of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, Margery of Lynn, Chiara of Pisa, and Francesca of Rome English. General/Scholar

The Soul a City: Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe English and Middle English. Scholar/ Contemplative/General

Syon Abbey: The XV Os of the Crucifixion Scholar

Santa Francesca Romana and the Tor de' Specchi General/Scholar

Maiju Lehmijoki St Birgitta of Sweden's Influence in Finland English. General/Scholar

Julian at Prayer in a Lambeth Manuscript Contemplative prayers in a Julian-related manuscript from Syon Abbey now at Lambeth Palace. Scholar/Contemplative

Julian of Norwich's Showing in a Nutshell: The Manuscripts and their Contexts On Brigittine Syon Abbey Manuscripts of Julian of Norwich. General/Scholar

Dame Catherine Gascoigne, O.S.B., Father Augustine Baker's Way of Prayer Contemplative/Scholar/General

Folio, Manuscript, Paleography, Codicology On Brigittine manuscripts, etc. General/Scholar

Birgitta Celebrations, 1999 General

His Holiness John Paul II Co-Patronesses of Europe: Saints Birgitta of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), October 1, 1999 General

His Holiness Benedict XVI Saint Birgitta, Women and the Church

Revelationes Manuscripts on Web:

http://www.regione.sicilia.it/beniculturali/bibliotecacentrale/menu.html§ 'Tesori' section gives excerpts from Palermo Revelationes

Revelationes manuscript overseen by Alfonso de Jaén

Lund, Lunds universitetkbiblioteket 'Medieval Manuscripts at Lund University Library - Preservation and Access Manuscripts: Preservation and Access', http://laurentius.lub.lu.se§


 

B. N. Msc. N 43 Bibl. (Ms. H. L. a), Codex Falkenberghianus, written in hand of Johannes Johannis Kalmarnensis
 

This link will take you to the present Vadstena Convent: http://www.birgittaskloster.se/index.php?h=9&l=sv

And for Brigittine Syon Abbey in England see http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/SyonAbbey.htm

 

Madre Tecla and John Paul II, 6/4/2005:


 

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