The Revelations of St Birgitta of Sweden. A Modern Edition of Book One of the Old Swedish Text

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/01/2014
Funding: 2197000 SEK


The Revelations of St Birgitta of Vadstena (1303-73) belong to the very core of Swedish medieval literature and they are an indispensable source of our understanding of the theology and religious programme of this internationally famous mystic and agitator. The Old Swedish version of the Revelations still avaits a modern critical edition. The older edition from the nineteenth century is now considered outdated since it is based on a limited and partly arbitrary selection of manuscripts. The aim of this project is to edit Book 1 (ca 60 revelations) in a way which lives up to modern requirements in textual philology. The text will be published both as a printed volume and electronically on a website with links to colour images of all manuscript pages. The idea is to develop methods for editing and presentation which subsequently can serve as an exemplary model for a complete modern edition of St Birgitta's Revelations and other related texts. From a linguistic, literary, historical and theological view-point the new edition will have a significant value, since it will have the capacity to make account for stylistic and substantial differences not only between the Old Swedish and the Latin versions but also between the different "phases" in the development of the former, some of which are regarded as being closer to Birgitta's own words.

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