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Mystic and Pilgrim: The Book and the World of Margery Kempe

Clarissa W. Atkinson

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ISBN 10: 0801415217 / ISBN 13: 9780801415210
Published by Cornell University Press, 1983
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Title: Mystic and Pilgrim: The Book and the World ...

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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FIRST EDITION.1983 Cornell University Press hardcover, Clarissa W. Atkinson (The Oldest Vocation: Christian Motherhood in the Middle Ages). Margery Kempe, a middle-class English housewife at the turn of the fifteenth century, was called to weep and to pray for her fellow Christians and to adopt an unconventional way of life. Separating herself from her husband and many children, she became a pilgrim travelling around England and as far away as Jerusalem. In old age, she dictated to scribes an autobiography that recounts her extraordinary intimacy with Christ as well as her intense, commotion-filled life. At first glance, she does not seem very saintly in character or disposition, and her spiritual experiences can easily appear to be extreme or egotistical. To appreciate and interpret Margery Kempe's life and spirituality properly, one must go beyond conventional categories of social and religious history. - Google Books

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"Atkinson's exposition of the Book of Margery Kempe...represents the first full-length treatment of the Book since its discovery and edition in the 1930s, and one of the first attempts ever to enter sympathetically into the religious world and experience of a woman usually dismissed as "hysterical." After describing Kempe's relations with family and clergy, Atkinson sets her spirituality in the context of high medieval affective piety in Eng- land and ideas of female sanctity fostered on the Continent. The book is...an attractive and well-written introduction to Kempe's religious world, which, in the conclusion, is still further illuminated by drawing upon psychoanalytic and feminist studies." ―Religious Studies Review (January 1984)



"...here Dr. Atkinson establishes the influence on the Book of previous writings especially those of St. Birgitta), but Dr. Cox forcefully demonstrates the basic originality of Margery Kempe...This is an excellent book that makes a great deal of sense out of a difficult-to-understand personality..." ―Adris Newsletter (Fall 1983)

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