Julian of Norwich & Margery Kempe notes
Julian of Norwich & Margery Kempe notes EH 203
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British Lit – Julian of Norwich & Margery Kempe • Both dictated to scribes & wrote before printing press • Pg.395-396 –Affective Piety – Christ’s Humanity, affective (moving, touching) o Mystery plays – sometimes include appearances of God • Julian of Norwich o Recluse after transformative religious experience § Offers herself to God by never going outside o St. Julian is name of Cathedral she’s in – we don’t know her real name o Visions – may be in state of delirium caused by fever § Having visions that are very religious to her, begins to recover & has revelation § Visions came during illness recovery – she almost died § Spends her life recounting the visions that led to her recovery o Could read English; o Dictated her words to a scribe; well known & copied several times o Pg.138 Ancrene Wisse – Guide for Anchoresses § Says not to be public with faith, but Julian knew she had to document her visions o Pg.416 Says God is present as a hazelnut – sustenance o Pg.419 – Jesus as mother § Marriage to Christ is part of what she sees § Mother, brother, savior – motherly comfort § Blood from wounds = milk from breast – metaphor o Pg.419 – poetic discourse, rich – “all manner of thing be well” § “thing” is plural o expanded version = larger text – 30 years later • Margery Kempe o Visits Julian’s cell to ask for guidance o Woman in the world but is compelled to religious life o Begged for a divorce from husband – had 14 children o Sees herself more married to Christ rd o Autobiography, dictated to scribe, in 3 person o “Creature” = herself, person created by God o pg.425 – affective piety o Able to depict being woman of the world – weeping needs to take pilgrimages (Rome, Jerusalem, Spain) o Pg.426 – begins to think of Christ as spouse o Has to get Bishop to agree to allow divorce – she’s prominent in town b/c she’s the mayor’s daughter o Pg.429 – sees passion – weeps at everything that reminds her of the Passion & Christ o Pg.435 - Returns to husband to nurse him in death illness
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