Ad religiosos et sacerdotes
M. Berggren (ed)
- Pages: 331 p.
- Size:155 x 245 mm
- Illustrations:2 col.
- Language(s):Latin, English
- Publication Year:2009
- € 220,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-2-503-52808-3
"...this edition is very thorough and comprehensive... Now the material for further study is available... a solid foundation for further research..."
(I. Hedström-Bolton, in: Medieval Sermon Studies, 55, 2011, p. 88)
Preaching was one of the main tasks of the Birgittine friars.
Not surprisingly, a large part of the medieval manuscripts that
survive from the mother house of the Birgittine order, Vadstena
Abbey in central Sweden, are sermon manuscripts. In the Swedish and
Scandinavian context they represent an exceptional source of
knowledge about medieval history. This edition comprises 21 sermons
of varying length dating from the late fourteenth to the early
sixteenth century. They are published here for the first time,
mainly from the compilers’ autographs. These sermons
were partly composed for a monastic target audience, partly
directed to priests ab extra. Among other things, they tell about
the striving for monastic and spiritual reform that issued from
Vadstena. A large group consists of sermons of an admonitory
content addressed to the nuns by the Confessor General. These
sermons in particular give unique glimpses of the inner life of the