IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 708: 850th Jubilee of the Finnish Church, I: Approaches to Northern Sainthood

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Glossa - The Finnish Society for Medieval Studies
Organiser:Sini Kangas, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Helena Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki
Paper 708-bHow to Study Saints and Power: St Birgitta of Sweden as a Case-Study
(Language: English)
Päivi Salmesvuori, Department of Church History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Hagiography, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 708-cSeeking Sainthood Underground: Aspects of the History of Monastic Archaeology in Finland
(Language: English)
Eva Maria Ahl-Waris, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious, Numismatics

Two saints have had a major contribution to the Medieval Finnish Catholicism, St. Henry of Finland and St. Bridget of Sweden. Legenda Sancti Henrici, the vita of the patron saint of Finland, tells the officially approved medieval version of the christianisation of Finland. Together with St. Henry, St. Bridget of Sweden later became an object of ardent veneration in Finland.
In the session we will consider the process of the rooting of Western Catholicism in Finland and the Nordic Countries on the grounds of hagiography and material findings, which, surviving historiographical sources being utterly scarce in number, form the major field of contemporary research.