The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, Volume 4

The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, Volume 4 : The Heavenly Emperor's Book to Kings, The Rule, and Minor Works

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St. Birgitta of Sweden (1303-1373, canonized 1391) was one of the most charismatic and influential female visionaries of the later Middle Ages. Altogether, she received some 700 revelations, dealing with subjects ranging from meditations on the human condition, domestic affairs in Sweden, and ecclesiastical matters in Rome, to revelations in praise of the Incarnation and devotion to the Virgin. Her Revelations, collected and ordered by her confessors, circulated widely throughout Europe and long after her death. Many eminent individuals, including Cardinal Juan Torquemada, Jean Gerson, and Martin Luther, read and commented on her writings, which influenced the spiritual lives of countless individuals. Birgitta was also the founder of a new monastic order, which still exists today. She is the patron saint of Sweden, and in 2000 was declared (with Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein) co-patroness of Europe. Birgitta's Revelations present her as a commanding and dauntless visionary who develops a contemplative mysticism that is always interwoven with social engagement and a commitment to the salvation of the world. The varied styles of her revelations are dominated by frequent juxtapositions of memorable images and allegories that illustrate her fierce and fertile imagination, her sharp powers of observation and understanding, and her passionate and receptive storytelling powers. This fourth and final volume of the translation of the Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, comprises The Heavenly Emperor's Book to Kings, The Rule, and minor works. While the complete collection of Birgitta's books-called Liber caelistis-ends with Books VII, the eighth book was added after her death. It was compiled by Alfonso of Jaen, and is prefaced by his own treatise, titled The Hermits Letter to Kings, which examines the ways in which revelations are tested and proven to be true visions conferred by the Holy Spirit. The translation is based on the recently completed critical edition of the Latin text and promises to be the standard English translation of the Revelations for years to more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 788g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 illus.
  • 0195166280
  • 9780195166286
  • 1,113,666

About Bridget Morris

Denis Searby is Professor of Ancient Greek and Head of Section of Classical Languages at Stockholm University. Bridget Morris is an independent Scholar, and former Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies at the University of more

Review quote

"Searby and Morris acknowledge a beneficial working partnership that spanned their respective countries of Sweden and England over the past two decades of work (vi). This is shown in the quality of scholarly work and attention to detail that this volume, and series, provides...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."--The Medieval Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Abbreviations ; The Entire Birgittine Corpus ; BOOK VIII: The Heavenly Emperor's Book to Kings ; The Hermit's Letter to Kings ; Book VIII: The Heavenly Emperor's Book to Kings (translation) ; The Rule of the Savior ; The Angel's Discourse ; The Four Prayers ; Extravagant Revelations ; Supplementary Texts ; Bibliography ; List of illustrations, volumes 1-4 ; Biblical index, volumes 1-4 ; Subject index, volumes 1-4 ; Place and Personal names index, volumes 1-4show more