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Here Begins The Prologue to The Last Book

Edited by Bridget Morris

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

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195166279
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932450 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166279.003.0004
Here Begins The Prologue to The Last Book

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Book VII describes Birgitta’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1372. Within a chronological framework the book describes the outward journey from Rome, via Naples and Cyprus, to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The two central visions are the crucifixion and nativity, both thought to have had an influence on subsequent depictions in Christian iconography and art. There are messages concerning the political situation in Cyprus and a secular political message is thereby woven into the devotional visions and underlines their contemporary impact. Birgitta’s death and some of her final messages to humankind are recorded at the end of the book.

Keywords: Cyprus; Holy Land; iconography; Jerusalem; Naples; pilgrimage

Chapter.  34649 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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