Also included are readings composed for the nuns of the order known as "the Angel's Discourse," four major prayers, and supplementary chapters of revelations known to scholars as Revelationes extravagantes.
Many of these revelations continue to provide detailed instruction for Birgitta's emergent religious order, such as regulating the kitchens of the monastery, monastic graves, the location of the sacrament, and the use of spices Additional texts at the end of the volume include her letters and meditations. In particular, these original letters written by Birgitta, some with her autograph, allow scholars to compare her personal writing with confessor-translated revelations to determine insights into "Birgitta's own rhetorical style" Each of these documents is preceded with a concise introduction to the text readers seeking an introduction to Birgitta should consult volume one of the series.
Birgitta worked with a notebook and pen to record her revelations that arrived in Swedish, while her confessors worked to translate, edit, and arrange the revelations. In these writings, the Virgin Mary, God, and Jesus Christ are never far from her powerful sense of leadership, authorizing and approving her decisions, or casting doubt on others. Political leaders are invoked with remarkable regularity, whether King Magnus Eriksson, the bishop of Orvieto, or the abbot of Farfa, and few escape chastisement.
Queen Blanche is compared to a gnawed apple core, while the king's subjects complain about him in purgatory 52, Birgitta's revelations extended not only from home centers in Sweden and Rome, but also Jerusalem and Bari, Italy, where she traveled on pilgrimage, even late in her long life. This bride of Christ authenticated relics and purgatory, composed hymns, and counseled the king and queen to give up their self-imposed abstinence. Her monastic leadership on issues such as the consecration of abbesses, the number of blankets to be used when sleeping, and the reason for depicting only Christ and the saints on church walls proves a marvel.
Despite her prolific involvement in theological and political affairs, these texts offer a humane view of her struggles to find money to support herself, worries about her dead son's salvation, and whether she or her confessors could be commissioned to speak for God without writing masterly Latin. Volume 4 includes extensive indexes that reference all four volumes in the series, including a separate index for place names, cited works, subjects, Biblical citations and allusions, and images.
With these, a reader might visit all the churches in Rome that Birgitta mentioned in her writing in a matter of minutes, or quickly determine her viewpoint on widowhood or marriage. The index on images is particularly innovative, and showcases the creative imagination of Birgitta, who incorporated hedgehogs, cheese, and rainbows into her writing. Beyond the accessibility of a scholar locating her many references to Naples or St.
Thomas Aquinas, undergraduate researchers will also profit. For instance, students might be asked to research Birgitta's understanding of Genesis or how she incorporates allusions to warfare into her revelations, which are now clearly indicated with easy page references. Searby and Morris have provided a masterful contribution to medieval history, spirituality, reform, and women's prophecy and authority. This volume completes the series, bringing Birgitta's revelations to the English-speaking world, and meeting the goals set out in volume one to create "a bridge that extends from Sweden to Scandinavia towards an international readership" vol.
This book in fact, the whole series is recommended with enthusiasm, not only for the careful production by Searby and Morris, but also for the delightful surprises from St. Birgitta that will engage readers. Quick jump to page content. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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