The Book of Margery Kempe

The Book of Margery Kempe

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The 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, Kempe's 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 woman's life, aspirations, and prayers.

Title:The Book of Margery Kempe
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393976397
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    The Book of Margery Kempe Reviews

  • Mir

    My then-roommate and I had a class together in which we read this book. When a stray cat turned up at our house and insisted on moving in with us, we named her Margery because she whined so much. ...

  • Michael

    As the first autobiography in English, as well as one of the few extant medieval texts authored by an English woman writer, The Book of Margery Kempe would be of great cultural and historical import e...

  • Jan-Maat

    Well that was a bit strange.The second thing I would say, is avoid this older edition with it's old 'translation'. The editor in fact suggests that the English was only slightly modernised, my general...

  • John Wiswell

    One of the oldest autobiographies in the English language, should you choose to believe the illiterate Margery Kempe truly dictated it, is bitterly funny today. Kempe recounts her marriage, failures i...

  • Madeline

    After having to read this for my Lit class, and reading a book by St. Theresa of Avila two years ago for a history class, I have come to the following conclusion:Female mystics are the single most bor...

  • Netta

    I would have been blessfully ignorant of this book if not the remarkable book - Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History - that I read earlier. Having read The Book of Margery Kempe, I ought to admit...

  • E

    Review will follow. I just need to write my essay first. :)...

  • Lynden Rodriguez

    This book is notable as being the first autobiography in the English Language. But that's where the debate begins. Margery Kempe was a remarkable woman who would have stood out in any age. As a Carmel...

  • Ygraine

    margery kempe is an unmistakably physical presence, a voice that rings clear over the centuries, a body that she reinstates ownership over again and again, a soul that she lays bare to the world; ther...

  • Alexis Hall

    *Limps on with Reading Project 2015 despite exploding internal organs.*I ... have ... not ... given ... up.So Margery Kempe.... I don't know what to make of Margery really. She's kind of the anti-Juli...