'Just because I am a woman, must I therefore believe that I must not tell you about the goodness of God, when I saw at the same time both his goodness, and his wish that it should be known?' Coming from a society where women were barred from serious writing and teaching, Julian, an anchorite in the great medieval city of Norwich, nevertheless used the English vernacular of the day to describe an extraordinary series of 'showings' which she received from God. In the famous parable of the Lord and the Servant, she reveals her penetrating insight into the mystery of salvation; and she moves towards the controversial belief that God's love will not allow any of humankind to be lost.
About the Author
Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 after 1416) was the first woman writer in English. Nothing is known of her background or even her real name, simply that she believed she was a messenger to all Christians because of her 'showings' from God.
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Comments about Revelations of Divine Love:
A good edition for general public - makes Julian accessible. But some choices of translator not best suited to scholar of ME prose or those interested in the 'feel' of original. For example, "homely" was translated in different ways - its cumulative power and alliterative function were therefore suppressed. And the translator admitted altering some alliterative patterns and creating others! But her priorities weren't mine: I should have checked!
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 12th October 1998
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18