The Book of Margery Kempe

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DS Brewer, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 474 pages
The Book of Margery Kempe, the earliest surviving autobiography in English (dated 1436-8), is a unique account of the extraordinary life, travels and revelations of a fifteenth-century Norfolk housewife and mother, pilgrim, prophet and visionary; it is one of the most compelling and significant English texts of the middle ages. This volume presents the original text in accessible form for modern readers, with on-page glossing and a glossary of common words. It is accompanied by on-page annotation of and commentary on the Book, bringing together scholarship on Kempe and setting her life in the social, political and spiritual context of her time. An introduction provides information on and context for the further interpretation of the text, and the volume is completed by a chronology of Kempe's life. (This edition previously published by Longman.) Professor BARRY WINDEATT is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
 

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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

From the medieval history reading program. This is called “the first English autobiography”, which is somewhat stretching the term. Margery Kempe was a 14th century middle class Englishwoman from Lynn ... Read full review

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User Review  - PollyMoore3 - LibraryThing

Enjoyable not as the wisdom of a mystic (Margery had complex psychological reasons for her strange behaviour, undoubtedly), but for its homely glimpses of medieval life. And Margery even gets to meet ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Glossary of Common Words
36
A SHORTE TREATYSE OF CONTEMPLACYON
429
Bibliography
453
Index of Names and Places
468
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