The Second Life of the Altomünster Abbey Library

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

My blog has paused for a while since nothing particularly interesting has happened in my research project. Compiling databases and tables, and writing substantial amounts of texts that eventually not will end up in published form is not an exciting subject for a blogpost. But 9-1 October I spent in Munich visiting the diocesan archive of Munich and Freising ( (more…)

A Brief Report on Multisensory Vadstena

Monday, June 26th, 2017

14-18 June I met in Vadstena with my colleagues in the research project The Multisensory World of Vadstena Abbey in the Late Middle Ages, or simply: Multisensory Vadstena. The purpose of the project is the facilitating of total-immersion virtual-reality experiences within the latemedieval Birgittine abbey church at Vadstena. (more…)

Birgittine Manuscripts in Uppsala University Library Online!

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Since shortly, a number of liturgical manuscripts in the C-collection in Uppsala University Library are acceeesible online and FREE TO DOWNLOAD and to be used freely! Below a list if these manuscripts. The are found in the database Alvin and searchable by manuscript siglum or simply click the links below. They will form an important part of my own research, but would be more than happy if they could be useful also for others. The complete C collection is catalogued and accessible online here: (more…)

A Short Note on Kata Farm – a Christian Viking Church

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

In 2005, excavations in Varnhem revealed the ruin one of the earliest churches in Sweden. It was constructed towards the middle of the 11th century and had replaced a wooden church from the end of the 10th century. This church was a private church for a wealthy and Christian family, and is one of the earliest testimonies to an organized Christian cult in medieval Sweden. This is the time before parishes or even dioceses existed and we know next to nothing about which liturgy was used, which books the read and sang from, or from where the priests came. (more…)

On the Feast Day of St Richard Reynolds, Birgittine Martyr

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Birgitta is of course the most known saint of the Birgittine Order but there are a few others as well. One of them is Richard Reynolds, who lived ca 1492-1535, and fell victim to the English reformation. He was beatified in 1886 and canonized in 1970. Today May 4 is his feast day.  (more…)

St Birgitta, Max Weber and Charisma

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

How can organisations like monasteries exist for hundreds of years? What gives them their identity and what makes them find legimitacy through the centuries? Can Max Weber’s conception of charisma help us understanding for example an Order such as the Birgittines and their founder Saint Birgitta?


Invitatory antiphons as an example towards a new look at Birgittine chant

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

I just finished an article on invitatory antiphons in the Birgittine liturgy, which I wrote about in an earlier blogpost. So I will this time post the summary of the study, comments are more than welcome. So, a blogpost for true nerds.


A Newly Discovered Birgittine Antiphonal in Linköping

Friday, March 10th, 2017

During my Birgittine adventures I learnt some time ago about a Dutch Birgittine antiphonal now in the library in Linköping. Last week I finally had the chance to see it!


Birgittine Manuscripts from Vadstena Revisited

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The C- collection at Uppsala University library holds what remains of the abbey library in Vadstena, among them quite a number of notated liturgical manuscripts. A visit this week to the manuscript collection made me reflect on how the Vadstena books are structured in relation to books from other Birgittine abbeys. (more…)

A Note on Successful Applications

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

This blogpost will not be on Gregorian chant or the Birgittines, at least not explicitly. Last week I was asked to present to my colleagues some strategies for successful research applications since I have been granted a few of these. So here is my list…. (more…)