Monday, 9 November 2015

9th November - Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe (c1373–c1440) was a Christian mystic, sometimes thought of as an “oddity or madwoman”, and known for dictating The Book of Margery Kempe, a work thought to be the first autobiography in the English language.

Margery was unable to read and learned by heart the Lord’s Prayer, Ave Maria, the Ten Commandments, and other “virtues, vices, and articles of faith”. She believed that she was summoned to a “greater intimacy with Christ” and wrote extensively of her experiences. On visiting Julian of Norwich she was advised to "measure these experiences according to the worship they accrue to God and the profit to her fellow Christians”