ISBN 9780140432510,Book Of Margery Kempe

Book Of Margery Kempe


Margery Kempe


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Penguin UK

Publication Year 1986

ISBN 9780140432510

ISBN-10 0140432515


Number of Pages 332 Pages
Language (English)

Autobiography: general

The story of the eventful and controversial life of Margery Kempe - wife, mother, businesswoman, pilgrim and visionary - is the earliest surviving autobiography in English. Here Kempe (c.1373-c.1440) recounts in vivid, unembarrassed detail the madness that followed the birth of the first of her fourteen children, the failure of her brewery business, her dramatic call to the spiritual life, her visions and uncontrollable tears, the struggle to convert her husband to a vow of chastity and her pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land. Margery Kempe could not read or write, and dictated her remarkable story late in life. It remains an extraordinary record of human faith and a portrait of a medieval woman of unforgettable character and courage.

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