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Book Of Margery Kempe, The

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 31st October 1985
ISBN: 9780140432510
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"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 of 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Fascinating personal insight from an extraordinary life


Marvellously descriptive, in a conversational style that is a common communication style for women. Why isn't every English speaking girl informed that the first ever autobiography in English, was written by a woman, Margery Kempe, and it's a great read? The suitable storytelling style conveys Margery's extraordinary life. In the process, I gained insight that women in Medieval England were prominent and active participants at home, in business and abroad. And mystics also, bringing valid, valuable spiritual understanding to others.



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ISBN: 9780140432510
ISBN-10: 0140432515
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 31st October 1985
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1