William Patterson Cumming (essay date 1929)
SOURCE: An introduction to The Revelations of Saint Birgitta, edited by W. P. Cumming, Oxford University Press, 1929, pp. xxiii-xxix.
[In the following excerpt, Cumming summarizes St. Birgitta's life and the literary merit of her Revelations.]
A. The Life of Saint Birgitta1
In the year 1302 or 13032 Birgitta3 was born at Finstad, a town a few miles from Upsala in the province of Upland. Her father was Birger, the lagman or governor of Upland.
Birgitta began to have visions at the age of seven;4 in these visions an angel, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Christ, usually appeared and...
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