Diarium Vadstenense: A Late Medieval Memorial Book and Political Chronicle

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Julkaisun nimi: Diarium Vadstenense: A Late Medieval Memorial Book and Political Chronicle
Tekijä: Gejrot, Claes
Toimittaja(t): Isoaho, Mari
Kuuluu julkaisusarjaan: 17
ISSN: 1796-2986
Tiivistelmä: This article deals with the Diarium Vadstenense, a Liber memorialis originating in Vadstena, the abbey founded by Saint Birgitta of Sweden. Written by a succession of Birgittine friars, this parchment manuscript is still preserved in its original form. It records internal, monastic events from the founding of the abbey in the second half of the fourteenth century to the time the last brother left the community, after the Reformation. Glimpses from the world outside the abbey are seen here and there throughout the text. However, during a central part of the fifteenth century, some of the entries were extended, and the writing changes character. These texts can be seen as a more or less continuous chronicle, tendentiously describing the complicated political situation in Sweden in the 1460s, a time marked by wars and conflicts. Indeed, parts of the texts were so controversial that they were later (partly) erased by a cautious medieval ‘editor’. The focus in this article will be on the time frame when the text was written, the personal views and opinions of the writers, confidentiality, political bias and censorship.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/153795
Päiväys: 2015-03
Avainsanat: Diarium Vadstenense
Middle Ages
Saint Birgitta of Sweden
Tekijänoikeustiedot: Author & Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies


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