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Mirakler och helgonkult: Linköpings biskopdöme under senmedeltid
Uppsala University.
1992 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This work studies the introduction of three new cults of saints in the Linköping Bishopric during the Late Middle Ages. Two of them were based at Vadstena Convent: the Holy Bridgel (Birgitta, d. 1373) cult which had its beginning in 1374 and the cult of Katarina Ulfsdotter (d. 1381), which started during the 1410's. The third, the cult of Bishop Nils Hermansson (d. 1391), which originated at the latest in I40l. was associaled w ith the cathedral in Linköping.

The introduction of a saint's cult may be relaled to the need of many people in medieval society for healing and protection. The tales about the saint's posthumous miracles played a key role in the introductory phase of the cults. In the dissertation such tales are used as the foundation for the analysis of the varied geographic and social patterns of distnbution of the three cults.

The cult of the Holy Bridget was as much an intemational as a Swedish cult. The other cults studied were two of manv attempts to ride on the wave created by the successes of the Bridget cult. They may furthermore be regarded a response to various types of crises which the sponsoring institutions experienced.

Abstract [sv]

Den 29 juni 1374 anlände ett skepp till Söderköpings hamn. Ombord fanns kvarlevorna efter den heliga Birgitta, vilka nu av dottern Katarina efter moderns önskemål skulle föras till Vadstena. När resföljet anlände till Sverige strömmade människor till från alla håll. De var redan klara över att i kistan låg relikema efter ett helgon. Ryktet om Birgittas förmåga att med sina förböner hjälpa sjuka och olycksdrabbåde människor var ett centralt inslag i den helgonkult som byggdes upp kring henne. Birgittakultens exempel lockade till efterföljd. Under det kommande århundradet etablerades ett pärlband av nya helgonkulter i Linköpings stift, däribland kulterna av Birgittas dotter Katarina (1381) och av biskop Nils Hermansson (1391).

Denna doktorsavhandling fokuserar intresset på dessa helgonkulter i deras lanseringsskede. Den identifierar de grupper och institutioner som var särskilt aktiva i detta skede, och diskuterar de behov i dåtidens samhälle som gjorde att befolkningens breda lager tog till sig de nya helgonen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Historiska institutionen vid Uppsala universitet , 1992. , p. 216
Series
Studia historica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0081-6531 ; 171
Keywords [en]
St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Catherine of Vadstena, St. Nicholas Hermansson, Linköping diocese, Miracle collections, Late Middle Ages
Keywords [sv]
Senmedeltiden, Heliga Birgitta, Linköpings biskopsdöme, Mirakel, Katarina Ulfsdotter, Biskop Nils Hermansson
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-945ISBN: 91-554-2946-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-945DiVA, id: diva2:128211
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Doktoravhandlingen framlagd vid Uppsala universitet 1992

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