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Bridget of Sweden
St. Brigitta of Sweden

ARMS: Parted per bend gules and azure a lion rampant or ( Gudmarsson of Ulfåsa ), impaling gules a pair of wings argent surmounted of a rose or ( Persson of Finsta ).

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS:

The arms of St. Brigitta’s depicted are those of her husband Ulf Gudmarsson of Ulfåsa impaled by those of her father Briger Persson of Finsta. The arms of Briger Persson are from his gravestone on shown and discussed on pages 17 & 18 of “Svensk Heraldik” by Berhard Schlegel and Carl Arvid Klingspor, W. Schultz, Upsala 1874. The arms of Ulf Gudmarsson are from his seal on page 435 of the article “Birgittinsk ordensheraldik” by Bengt Olof Kälde found in “Heraldisk Tidsskrift, Volume 3, No. 29, March 1974.

St. Brigitta, born Brigitta Brigersdatter of Finsta in 1303 had royal Swedish ancestry from both parents, died in 1373, was daughter to Briger Persson of Finsta, a high and important Swedish noble of great wealth and Lawgiver of Upland. She married Ulf Gudmarsson of Ulfåsa, in 1316 later Lawgiver of Närke.

She became an advisor to her King and later to popes, founded an order of nuns and administered the hundreds of farms and properties she inherited. Somehow through all of this she lived in the odour of sanctity which was manifest to her followers, companions and contemporaries. Most recently, she was made the Patron Saint of Europe in 1999 by Pope John Paul II.

St. Brigitta is known today for the passing on of the devotion of The Seven Sorrows.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

Wedvick Armorial, 027d, St. Brigitta of Sweden, 20080316
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