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The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden: Volume ILiber Caelestis, Books I–III$
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Bridget Morris

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195166442.001.0001

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Book III

Book III

(p.251) Book III
The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden: Volume I
Denis Searby

Bridget Morris

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a modern English translation of Book III of the Revelationes of St. Birgitta of Sweden. The Book can be broadly described as a Speculum episcoporum, a mirror of bishops, comprising as it does a collection of admonishments to high-ranking bishops and members of the hierarchy of the church in Rome. It teaches the virtues of a good Christian life within the priesthood and provides a program for reform — in true Birgittine style — by juxtaposing specific examples of human frailty against the exemplary ideal to which she believes all men in holy orders should aspire. About half of the revelations date from the 1340s and half from the 1350s, while some remain undated.

Keywords:   Revelationes, revelation text, English translation, bishops

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