Margery Kempe’s book, a unique narrative of sin, sex and salvation, comprises a text which has continued to perplex and fascinate contemporary audiences since its discovery in the library of an English country house in 1934. Simultaneously exasperating, endearing, vulnerable and eccentric, Margery Kempe, wife, and mother of fourteen children, provides an autobiographical account of her own singular piety and the growth of what she regarded as an individual and privileged mystical relationship with Christ. This is an abridged, thematically organised translation of the text, with detailed introduction and interpretive essay, focusing particularly on the importance of motherhood, sexuality and female discourse to the inception and expression of Margery Kempe’s mystical experiences, and illuminating contemporary debate regarding the agency of holy women during the later middle ages.
Translated from the Middle English, with an Introduction and Notes by Liz Herbert McCoy.
The Book of Margery Kempe, Liz Herbert McCoy, University of Leicester, 2003
Paperback. Octavo. Minor shelf wear. Pages are unmarked. A clean, tight copy. Very good condition.