Holiness in Action

  • Päivi Salmesvuori
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


The previous chapter concentrated on Birgitta’s encounters with theologians and her critics. This chapter explores, first, how average people in Sweden perceived Birgitta; second, how Birgitta won over the royal couple of Sweden, Magnus Eriksson and Blanche of Namur; and third, why she thought that a new monastic rule was needed. In order to ascertain how she exercised power in practice, I will focus especially on the question of what made her religiously and socially attractive to other people and how she sought to persuade people to change their way of life.


Evil Spirit Dead Person Good Spirit Revelation Concern Royal Ruler 
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