Magdalena von Freiburg
ID:
 
615
 
Alternate Name:
 
Magdalena Beutlerin (Beitlerin, Buttelerin, B├╝ttlerin)
 
Birth Date:
 
1407/1412
 
Death Date:
 
December 5, 1458
 
Country:
 
Germany
 
Region:
 
Bavaria
 
Town:
 
Kenzingen
 
Father:
 
Beutler, a merchant from Kenzingen.
 
Mother:
  
Education:
 

At the age of five, her mother, who was recently widowed, brought her to the Clarissen convent in Freiburg, perhaps S. Clara, where she lived as a nuns until her death in 1458.

 
Social Status:
 

She came from a merchant family.

 
Communities:
 

Clarissen house in Freiburg

 
Religious Roles:
 

She was a visionary, stigmatic, and prophetess.

 
Orders:
 

Clarisse

 
Literary Works:
 

An account of her life and visions is recorded in the "Magdalena-Book", copies of which are preserved in the City Library of Mainz, cod. II 16 (M), which dates to 1491, and in the University Library in Freiburg, cod. 185 (F), dating from 1656/57.

 
Brief Profile:
 

Magdalena had visionary experiences from the age of three. At the age of five, her mother conveyed her to the Clarissen convent in Freiburg, where she lived as a nun, visionary, stigmatic, and prophetess until her death in 1458. Circa 1429 Magdalena received the stigmata, and around this time she wrote a letter in her own blood, which she circulated among the women of her community, in which she asserted her primary goal of living a life of complete poverty. In 1431, she prophesied her own death, but when this failed to occur, she explained it as a sign of God's mercy. The event was recorded by Johannes Nider in his work, "Formicarius." This episode damaged her reputation outside of the convent, but within the community she continued to be revered.