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    Margery Kempe: a mixed life

    Bale, Anthony (2021) Margery Kempe: a mixed life. Medieval Lives. London, UK: Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781789144703.

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    Book synopsis: This is a new account of the late-fourteenth-century mystic and pilgrim Margery Kempe. Kempe, who had 14 children, travelled all over Europe and recorded a series of unusual events and religious visions in her work The Book of Margery Kempe, which is often called the first autobiography in the English language. Anthony Bale charts her life, and tells her story through the places, relationships, objects and experiences that influenced her. Extensive quotation from Kempe’s Book, and generous illustration, gives fascinating insight into the life of a medieval woman. Margery Kempe is situated within the religious controversies of her time, and her religious visions and later years put in context. Lastly there is the story of the rediscovery, in the 1930s, of the unique manuscript of her autobiography.


    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): medieval, mysticism, Margery Kempe, England, biography, Lollardy
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centres and Institutes: Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
    Depositing User: Anthony Bale
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 15:46
    Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 15:46


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