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The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden: Volume IIILiber Caelestis, Books VI–VII$
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Bridget Morris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166279.001.0001

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Book VI

Book VI

(p.19) Book VI
The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden: Volume III
Denis Searby, Bridget Morris
Oxford University Press

This section presents a modern English translation of Book VI of the Revelationes of St. Birgitta of Sweden. It is an eclectic mixture of revelations from the years spent in Sweden at the outset of her mystical life, and the later years spent in Rome, and it covers a wide range of subjects, from her family and close circle to details of local saints, relics and shrines, with echoes of local folk customs and monastic life. Many of the individuals can be broadly identified and there is more circumstantial and contextual information than in other books. The book contains some of Birgitta’s famous visions, such as the discussion of the active and contemplative life as exemplified by Martha and Mary, or the grim fate of three generations of Swedish noblewomen in the afterlife.

Keywords:   Revelationes, revelation text, English translation, Sweden

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