Holy Familiars: Enclosure, Work, and the Saints at Syon Abbey

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Description: [...] the saint who ranked above all others, St. Mary, was centrally important to Birgitta's spirituality, and her complex role both modeled and shaped the role of the saints more generally.8 Second, Birgitta was a visionary, and her Revelations are extensively populated with saints (Mary prominent among them) participating in her visions, commenting on or explicating scripture or current events, and conveying advice to her or to those who requested her help. Since the Revelations and Birgitta's vita were well known at Syon, the sense of the saints as participants in the creation of dieir founder's spirituality and public mission, and thus of dieir own order, would presumably have been familiar to the Abbey's inhabitants.\n73 And here we might revisit her point about die potentially undermining nature of the all-girl show in which Birgitta's writings are highlighted.
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