Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe: Together After All These Years

A page from the manuscript of the Book of Margery Kempe, c.1450. Photograph: British Library
A page from the manuscript of the Book of Margery Kempe, c.1450. Photograph: British Library

It’s exciting to imagine Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe meeting again after all these years.  They first met at Julian’s cell in Norwich, where Margery came for advice and counsel–and also, perhaps, to receive sanction for her own visions from an established and approved visionary.  Now two manuscripts from these founding women writers in the Anglophone canon are displayed together at the Wellcome Collection in London for their exhibit “This is a Voice.”

You can read all about the exhibit here.

And be sure to read all about my days as an industrial spy (or not!) when I visited Julian’s cell in Norwich years ago.


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