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Birgitta and Bernard: Five Old Swedish Fragments in the Danish National Archives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3890-4630
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Danish National Archives in Copenhagen houses several thousand manuscript fragments, the remains of numerous works that were cut up and used in the bindings of later books. The majority of these fragments are written in Latin, Middle Low German, or Danish, although a few in Old Swedish also survive. Five of these Old Swedish fragments are published and discussed in this article. They contain parts of two of St Birgitta’s Revelations (Liber Caelestis) and of St Bernard’s A Rule of Good Life (Ad sororem modus bene vivendi in christianam religionem), known in Old Swedish as Ett gudhelikt lifwærne. The Birgittine texts are from an early stage of the retranslation process when compared to other extant versions and include several unique wordings that demonstrate the specific use of the original manuscript in a monastic environment. The Bernard fragments are one of just two extant versions and appear to predate the version in Stockholm, Royal Library, A 9; as such, they are an important witness to the propagation of the saint’s writings in Sweden.

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St Birgitta, St Bernard, manuscript fragments, Old Swedish, Saaremaa, Ösel-Wiek
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Specific Literatures Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277941OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-277941DiVA: diva2:905957
East Norse Conference, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, November 2015
Available from: 2016-02-23 Created: 2016-02-23 Last updated: 2016-05-11

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