Julian650 Lecture | Mary Sharratt | Saturday 2nd September WITH VIDEO LINK

Julian 650 Lecture Series


Saturday, 2nd September 2023 11.00am BST


When Margery Met Julian: Writing Visionary Women Back into History 

Author Mary Sharratt will discuss how her research into womens’ hidden histories inspired her to showcase Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe in her acclaimed novel Revelations.
Julian of Norwich and her contemporary Margery Kempe were mystics and literary pioneers who were nearly erased from history. Their iconic books, Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love, the first book in English written by a woman, and Margery’s The Book of Margery Kempe, the first autobiography in the English language, languished in obscurity for centuries and only resurfaced in the twentieth century.  
With Julian’s blessing, Margery walked away from a soul-destroying marriage and became a globe-trotting pilgrim-preacher and rabble rouser. Though these two women might seem like polar opposites—Julian, the enclosed anchoress, and free-roving Margery experiencing her visions in the full stream of worldly life—they complement each other. Together their lives and work form a Via Feminina, a distinctly female path to the divine.  

Mary writes of her forthcoming lecture: "I am deeply honoured to be part of this  series to celebrate the 650th anniversary of Julian’s shewings, the searing visions that inspired her to write her iconic book 'Revelations of Divine Love'.  This lecture series is an unmissable lineup of distinguished historians, translators, and Julian experts”.

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