St. Birgitta of Sweden

Bridget of Sweden, Saint

Saint Bridget of Sweden, c.1300–1373, Swedish nun, one of the great saints of Scandinavia. She was a noblewoman at court and the mother of eight children. After her husband's death she founded (1346) the Order of the Most Holy Savior (the Brigettines). In 1349 she went to Rome, where she founded hospices for pilgrims, the poor, and the sick. She labored for the reform of religious life in Italy and for the return of the pope from Avignon to Rome. Her account of her numerous visions was widely read during the Middle Ages. St. Bridget is patron of Sweden. She is also called Birgitta. Feast: July 23 (formerly Oct. 8).

See biography by J. Jorgensen (2 vol., tr. 1954).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Life and Selected Revelations
Marguerite Tjader Harris; Albert Ryle Kezel; Saint Birgitta of Sweden.
Paulist Press, 1990
Birgitta of Sweden and the Voice of Prophecy
Claire L. Sahlin.
Boydell Press, 2001
Women's Writing in Middle English
Alexandra Barratt.
Longman, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Bridget of Sweden"
A History of Sweden
Ingvar Andersson; Carolyn Hannay.
Praeger, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Saint Birgitta c 1300-1373"
Gender and Text in the Later Middle Ages
Jane Chance.
University Press of Florida, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Gender and Prophetic Authority in Birgitta of Sweden's Revelations"
Medieval and Historiographical Essays: In Honor of James Westfall Thompson
James Cate Lea; Eugene N. Anderson.
The University of Chicago Press, 1938
Librarian’s tip: "A Critic of the Fourteenth Century: St. Birgitta of Sweden" begins on p. 3
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