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Introduction

Edited by Bridget Morris

in The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden: Volume II

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195166262
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199868223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166262.003.0002
Introduction

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Book IV includes private devotions, meditations, and autobiographical details, with many images drawn from St. Birgitta's own domestic world. Many of the important revelations deal with justice, judgment, and the law, and there are graphic depictions of purgatory that later became popular in 15th-century England. There are political messages addressed to individuals, including comments proposing a solution for the Hundred Years' War. There are continued attacks on the lapsed and laxity of the church, and there are concerns about the state of Rome. The last fourteen revelations in Book IV form a separate tract, known as the Tractatus revelacionum beate Birgitte ad sacerdotes ad summos pontifices (Tract of the Revelations of St. Birgitta on the Subject of Priests and Popes), which gathers together comments on individual contemporary popes during their residence in Avignon.

Keywords: Avignon; Hundred Years' War; papacy; purgatory; Rome; Sweden

Chapter.  10465 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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