Margery Kempe

“I use but communication and good words.”

This 15th century English woman married and had fourteen children, then asked her husband if they could be chaste.  A pilgrim who travelled throughout Europe, she dictated her life story about her visions – which caused her to cry and scream, causing public uproar.

There is so much written about Margery Kempe.  Read her book in the original Middle English.  Here is a wonderful synopsis of the book. And here is the digitized manuscript of her book at the British Library. Flip through it!

This is the first page.

First page of her autobiography.
First page of her autobiography.