Session 1147: A Saint beyond Borders: New Work on Birgitta of Sweden in Medieval England
Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45
|Young Research Talents Grant, Research Council of Norway / Project ReVISION 'Re-Assessing St Birgitta of Sweden & her Revelations in Medieval England: Circulation & Influence, 1380-1530'
|Julia King, Institutt for fremmedspråk, Universitetet i Bergen
Laura Saetveit Miles, Institutt for Fremmedspråk, Universitet i Bergen
|Ian Johnson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies / School of English, University of St Andrews
|Birgitta of Sweden and Female Intercession for the Dead in Late Medieval England: New Evidence for Her Influence on the Author of A Revelation of Purgatory
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Women's Studies
|Borders of Geography, Not Gender: English Women Reading Birgitta of Sweden
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Women's Studies
|St Thomas More and Syon Abbey: Brigittine Devotional Culture and Early Modern Catholic Humanism
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life
|The Vitae of St Birgitta and Syon Abbey: Questioning the Evidence
Index terms: Religious Life, Women's Studies
This session presents recent work on the ways in which St Birgitta of Sweden (1303-1373) and texts related to her were known in England from the late medieval through the early modern period. Although Birgitta never set foot in the British Isles, her book of revelations, the Liber Celestis, reached England soon after her death and enjoyed over a 150 years of booming popularity among English readers of all kinds. These papers will explore how texts such as the Liber and her vitae circulated in England, who read them, what their impact was on religious textual traditions, and how far their influence extended among both male and female readers and authors.