Margery Kempe and Her World
"Margery Kempe is one of the most extraordinary figures in English medieval history. Daughter of a mayor of King's Lynn, wife of a burgess and mother of fourteen children, she was also the author of the first surviving autobiography composed by an Englishwoman. The Book of Margery Kempe, dictated in the 1430s, survives in a single manuscript which was discovered in the 1930s. It is an uninhabited, exhibitionist outpouring of impassioned religious emotions. The Book comprises an account of the mystical intimations of a lady born into Lynn's stately but troubled elite. Visionary episodes are interlinked with equally dramatic accounts of mundane experiences, in Margery's home town, in other parts of England, and as far afield as Jerusalem, Rome and Brandenburg."--BOOK JACKET.
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