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MS 86: Revelationes Caelestes by Bridget of Sweden, 15th century

Identifier: MS 86
f. 1r
f. 1r


This manuscript contains the Revelationes Caelestes (Celestial Revelations) by Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), a mystic, saint of the Catholic Church, and one of the six patron saints of Europe. Since she was a child, Bridget had divine visions and apparitions, including important Christian themes such as the nativity of Jesus and the passion of the Christ. In the Revelationes, she provides us with a record of all these divine episodes. The text was later translated into Latin. In this edition, the last folios contain the Epistola Solitarii ad Reges by Alfonso of Jaén, who edited the original text, and several prayers.


Prologue: starts on f. 1r with the following opening words: Incipit prologus in libris celestibus revelationum dei beate Brigitte principisse nericie de regno suecie divinitus revelatus. Semper et mirabilia audita sunt in terra nostra. And ends with the following words: ab ipso missa fatebuntur. Explicit prologus in libris revelatus.

Books: The first book starts on f. 3r with the following opening words: Incipit liber primus celestis revelationum—revelatus verba D. N. J. C. ad suam electam sponsam dulcissimam de certificatione sue excellentissime incarnationis et de improbatione prophanacionis et fractionis fidei nostre et baptismi et qualiter ad sui dilectionem invitat praefatam sponsam. Ego sum creator celi et terre unus in divinitate cum patre. Book II starts on f. 50r; book III, on f. 85r; book IV, on f. 111v; book V, on f. 189r; book VI, on f. 209r; book VII, on f. 271r. The main text ends on f. 293v with the following words: inter manus praedictarum personarum emisit spiritum. Explicit ultimus liber celestis revelationum—revelatus. Deo Gratias.

Epistola solitarii ad reges: starts on f. 293v with the following opening words: Reprehenduntur hinc illi qui ex arrupto et in proviso nullo ex animo precedente approbant aut reprobant personas. Se asserentes habere visiones et revelaciones divinas. Primum Capitulum. Serenissimi reges et utinam veri reges in Christo. And ends on f. 304r with the following words: diffuseque loquencium. Deo gratias. Explicit epistola solitarii ad reges.

Prayer with rubric: starts on f. 304v with the following opening words: Hec oratio sive meditacio subscripta fuit a deo revelata beate Brigitte in qua devote et pulchre laudatur virgo maria de sancta conceptione et infancia sua et de omnibus virtuosis actibus et laboribus et magnis doloribus totius vite sue et de sanctissima morte et assumptione sua. Benedicta et venerabilis sis tu domina mea.

Prayer with rubric: starts on f. 306r with the following opening words: Hec oratio subscripte fuit a deo revelata beate Brigitte in qua pulchre et devote laudatur Christus cum narratione et de omnibus actibus et laboribus et doloribus vite et sanctissime mortis sue et de ascensione in celum et missione spiritus sancti in discipulos. Benedictus sis tu domine mi deus meus et amor meus dilectissime.

Prayer with rubric: starts on f. 307v with the following opening words: In hac oratione a deo revelata beate Brigitte de pulchre laudantur omnia membra sanctissimi corporis D. N. J. C. et virtuosissimi ac ejus corporalis. D. J. C. quamvis ego bene scio quod benedictum corpus.

Prayer with rubric: starts on f. 308v with the following opening words: In ista oratione que divinitus fuit reveiata beate Brigitte devotissime et pulchre laudantur omnia membra gloriosi corporis virginis marie et virtuosi actus ejus corporalis. O Domina mea, vita mea, regina celi. And ends on f. 310r with the following words: et solamen habuerunt. Qui vivis et regnas deus per omnia sec. sec. Amen.


The hand is very clear and uniform, and the rubrics good, but no initials have been inserted by the original scribe.


Historiated initials to the books have been very crudely executed later, possibly in the 16th century, along with complete or partial floral borders. This late work may have been done in Scotland.


  • Creation: 15th century

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The script is typically English. The illumination, which is of a later date, is exceedingly crude. On f. 1r in a 17th century hand is the name Thomas Fytton, and of a later date Ph. Mainwaringe Pr. E. 4l.

Previous reference

Laing 137.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Liber Revelationum B. Brigitte


This manuscript is mentioned on p. 414 of Talbot, C. H. “A LIST OF CISTERCIAN MANUSCRIPTS IN GREAT BRITAIN.” Traditio, vol. 8, 1952, pp. 402–418.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum.

Binding: Original, oak boards covered sheepskin, 2 brass clasps broken, much torn and soiled.

Collation: a12-e12, f10, g12-p12, q6, r4, s12-B12, C11 (wants 12), D15 = 310.


29.37 cm x 19.84 cm


Secundo folio: in spiritu sibi

Foliation and number of lines to a pageff. 310, double columns, 40 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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