The Book Of Margery Kempe

Paperback | February 4, 1986

byMargery KempeTranslated byBarry WindeattIntroduction byBarry Windeatt

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"You can boldly take me in the arms of your soul and kiss my mouth, my head, and my feet as sweetly as you want"
 
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 Kemp recounts in vivid, unembarrassed detail the madness that followed the birth of the first of her fourteen children, the failure of her brewery business, her dramatic call to the spiritual life, her visions and uncontrollable tears, the struggle to convert her husband to a vow of chastity and her pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land. Margery Kempe could not read of 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.
 
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Discover a spellbinding account of 14th-century English mystic Margery Kempe who walked away from her marriage and 14 children to devote herself to religion and follow a spiritual quest. One of the most fascinating works in literary history, The Book of Margery Kempe: The Autobiography of the Madwoman of God follows the woman on her pi...

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"You can boldly take me in the arms of your soul and kiss my mouth, my head, and my feet as sweetly as you want"   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 Kemp recounts in vivid, unembarrassed detail...

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This earliest-known British autobiography is a remarkable and touching record of the author’s difficult pilgrimage from madness to Christian faith.

Barry Windeatt is a professor of English at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He translated The Book of Margery Kempe for Penguin Classics.Barry Windeatt is a professor of English at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He translated The Book of Margery Kempe fo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:February 4, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140432515

ISBN - 13:9780140432510

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This diary of a Medieval woman is absolutely fascinating. Meant as a book of instruction to her children, Margery decribes her life, which includes, being widowed and caring singly for several children while running her late husband's business.
Date published: 2008-06-04

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The Book of Magery KempeIntroduction

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Discover a spellbinding account of 14th-century English mystic Margery Kempe who walked away from her marriage and 14 children to devote herself to religion and follow a spiritual quest. One of the most fascinating works in literary history, The Book of Margery Kempe: The Autobiography of the Madwoman of God follows the woman on her pilgrimage across Europe and to the Holy Land, recounting her troubles and triumphs along the way. Discovered hidden in a library in 1934, this medieval autobiography is thought to be the first ever written in the English language.