“You can boldly take me in the arms of your soul and kiss my mouth, my head, and my feet as sweetly as you want”
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 Kemp 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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About Margery Kempe
Margery Kempe, born c.1373, was of a well-to-do middle-class family from King’s Lynn in Norfolk. Married at twenty, she had a vision of Christ following her first childbirth, and after early failures as a businesswoman, felt herself called to the… More about Margery Kempe