The book of margery kempe pdf
The Book of Margery Kempe by Margery KempeThe Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1436-8) is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife, mother, and mystic. Known as the earliest autobiography written in the English language, Kempes Book describes the dramatic transformation of its heroine from failed businesswoman and lustful young wife to devout and chaste pilgrim. She vividly describes her prayers and visions, as well as the temptations in daily life to which she succumbed before dedicating herself to her spiritual calling. She travelled to the most holy sites of the medieval world, including Rome and Jerusalem.
In her life and her boisterous devotion, Kempe antagonized many of those around her; yet she also garnered friends and supporters who helped to record her experiences. Her Book opens a window on to the medieval world, and provides a fascinating portrait of one womans life, aspirations, and prayers.
The Book / Boke of Margery Kempe Part 1 (Prologue) Recited in Middle English
The Book of Margery Kempe
The story of the eventful and controversial life of Margery Kempe - wife, mother, businesswoman, pilgrim and visionary - is the earliest surviving autobiography in English. Here Kempe c. Margery Kempe could not read or write, and dictated her remarkable story late in life. It remains an extraordinary record of human faith and a portrait of a medieval woman of unforgettable character and courage. Our Lists. View all online retailers.
Margery Kempe lived in the East Anglian town of Lynn in the early 15th century, and was at various times the owner of a horse-mill and a brewer, but later in her life she became a visionary and mystic.
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Editor's note: We have provided this bibliography as a working document for the convenience of users. We plan to code these entries in XML to make the bibliography easily searchable, but that will be after completion of the documentary edition. For now, we offer this relatively complete bibliography, and ask users to alert us to any corrections or items not included here. Here begynneth a shorte treatyse of contemplacyon taught by our lorde Jhesu cryste, or taken out of the boke of Margerie kempe of lyn[n]. Edmund G. London: Henry Pepwell, STC