founder of the Bridgettine Order. She married early and had eight children. After the death of her husband, she appears to have had a series of revelations which led her to urge the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon. She also received detailed instructions about the foundation of a new religious order (see next entry). From 1349 she lived mainly in Rome. Her Revelations were highly valued in the Middle Ages. Feast day, 23 July (formerly 8 Oct.).