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Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader

Rebecca Krug


Since its rediscovery in 1934, the fifteenth-century Book of Margery Kempe has become a canonical text for students of medieval Christian mysticism and spirituality. Its author was a fifteenth-century English laywoman who, after the birth of her first child, experienced vivid religious visions and vowed to lead a deeply religious life while remaining part of the secular world. After twenty years, Kempe began to compose with the help of scribes a book of consolation, a type of devotional writing found in late medieval religious culture that taught readers how to find spiritual comfort and how t ... More

Keywords: medieval Christianity, Christian mysticism, Christian spirituality, Book of Margery Kempe, consolation, devotional writing, spiritual comfort, female authorship, medieval women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705335
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Krug, author
University of Minnesota

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