|Seventeenth Century Plan and Description of Vadstena Convent Church|
|"Vadstena Kloster Kyrka" (Vadstena Convent Church)|
|Love this little manuscript that has a silk cover for the gold leaf on the 'B'|
|Written and illuminated by a nun in Vadstena Convent|
|Stitched parchment hole|
After manuscripts, we had lunch with another scholar at Uppsala who works on Birgittine embroideries. It was a great lunch, and I continue to be amazed and appreciative that established scholars are open and encouraging toward me and my research. We went to look at Uppsala Cathedral after lunch, and then visited the cathedral treasury. More great stuff!! And Eva was the perfect guide through Uppsala. She is really an expert on many of these things, especially the Vadstena manuscripts we looked at!
|Italian silk copes|
|Embroidered Mary and Baby Jesus|
|The man, the legend: Sven Erik|
Vadstena is a sweet little town with a beautiful church and medieval monastery. The old monastery is now home to a great little museum, and I was able to take tons of photos of the textiles there. Vadstena is the monastery founded by St. Birgitta herself, and is where her shrine is currently located. Standing on the grounds that Birgitta may have walked was thrilling, and to see the textiles that she so specifically described in her Rule was fascinating! Once again, I had the best possible guide in Linköping and Vadstena-- Markus had a lot of answers to my questions and even fascinating questions that are as yet unanswered.
|Painted vaulting in Vadstena Convent Church|
|Vadstena Convent Church|
Sweden was great, and I especially loved the countryside and Vadstena! I owe an enormous "tack tack" ("thank you") to all of the people who helped me, let me stay with them, fed me, showed me around, and aided me when I was lost.