Brigittine Ordinal

Scope and Content

A Brigittine Ordinal written around 1481 at Vadstena, Sweden, for use by the nuns in the Order of St. Bridget. The scribe of this manuscript is Kristina Hansdotter Brask, one of the nuns at Vadstena. The manuscript ends with a declaration (dated 1481) on behalf of the Abbess (Sister Margaret Claudsdotter) and of Martinus (monk and Confessor General) of the houses of nuns and monks at Vadstena. This declaration details the authority for the production of the manuscript and guarantees the integrity of the text. Similar details are given at the end of the ordinal proper, immediately preceding the explicit. The side of the volume is labelled 'ordo cantus et lecture'.

Language: Latin.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Abbey of Vadstena (the mother house of the Brigittine order) was founded in 1346 by St. Bridget herself. Sister Margaret Clausdotter was Abbess from 1473-1496 and was herself the author of a work on the family of St. Bridget.

The Royal Library, Stockholm holds a Scandinavian translation of an Ordinal of the nuns of Vadstena.