Born to the nobility, the son of Algot Brynolfsson. Educated at the cathedral of Skara, Sweden, and in Paris, France where he heard lectures by Saint Thomas Aquinas; Brinolfo was noted all his life for his learning. Had an extensive background in theology and canon law. Dean of the Linköping chapter and bishop of Skara in 1278; he served for over 38 years. Active in the political life of the country, Brinolfo worked to ensure that the needs and teachings of the Church became part of public policy. He supported missionaries in Sweden. When his work ran afoul of the absolutist King Magnus Ladulas c.1288, Brinolfo was forced briefly into exile. Wrote on theology, church administration, and poetry for feasts and holy days.
- Saint Bridget of Sweden received a vision that revealed the holiness of Brinolfo
- c.1498 by Pope Alexander VI
- “Saint Brinolfo Algotsson“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 February 2017. Web. 27 February 2017. <>