Saint Bridget of Sweden

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German, Saint Bridget, c. 1480, woodcut, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Bridget was the wife of a nobleman and helped the poor at court in Sweden.  Before his death, she and her husband made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  As a widow, she founded the Order of the Most Holy Savious (often called the Bridgettines), which included both men and women.

There are many different ways to portray Bridget.  She can be dressed as an abbess with a white veil (as can be seen here), widow, pilgrim, or noblewoman.  She also has various attributes beyond those seen above, including:  a heart with a cross, the letters IHS, a candle, an inkwell, and two scrolls (which symbolize the men and women in her order).