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Saints Catherine and Birgitta as Received by Preachers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
2020 (English)In: Sanctity and Female Authorship: Birgitta of Sweden & Catherine of Siena / [ed] Maria H. Oen, Unn Falkheid, New York: Routledge, 2020, p. 138-158Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many historians have asked themselves whether there was any direct contact between Catherine of Siena and Birgitta of Sweden. When speaking of Birgitta’s wisdom the preacher likens her to a wise architect who builds her house on a solid ground and foundation. Likewise, the preachers use two different strategies of demonstrating how this is done: in Catherinian preaching, mostly the life and fate of the person is at stake. In Catherine’s Dialogue, the spiritual life of humankind is treated and discussed by means of analogy, allegory, and metaphor, and likewise the pictorial language and extensive use of metaphors have justly been described as one of the most salient characteristics of Birgitta’s style. Furthermore, when quoting from Birgitta’s texts, the Vadstena priests ascribe them such a high theological authority that they practically put them on a par with Scripture itself.

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New York: Routledge, 2020. p. 138-158
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Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176071ISBN: 9780367368555 (print)ISBN: 9780429351778 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176071DiVA, id: diva2:1371378
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-12-12Bibliographically approved

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