'All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.' This quotation may be all that many people know of Julian of Norwich, an anchoress from the fourteenth century. This book seeks to bring to a popular readership a devotional engagement with Julian’s work. The introduction gives a general background to Julian, the nature of visions in the 14th century and the type of text Julian gives us, namely a meditative text which intends to lead the reader to ‘beholding’. Each chapter centres on one aspect or image from Julian’s Revelation, which seeks to make the events of the Passion present to the reader’s imagination. The commentary incorporates reflection, the biblical narrative and Julian’s subsequent teachings to create a meditation that enables the reader to linger on the wonder of the cross, ending with a prayer that leads to silence and a thought or verse to carry into daily life.
The Reverend Dr Emma Pennington is the Canon Missioner for Canterbury Cathedral and author of At the Foot of the Cross with Julian of Norwich.
Following a chaplaincy role at Worcester College in Oxford (2003-2008), Emma was Vicar of Garsington, Cuddeson and Horspath in the Diocese of Oxford from 2008- 2019. During this period, Emma was a tutor for various spirituality and ministry courses for the diocese and co-founded the annual Festival of Prayer event along with BRF which is now in its 10th year. She has also been a prayer and spirituality adviser for the diocese and an area dean.
She has a doctorate from the University of Oxford on the fourteenth century devotional writer Julian of Norwich. Her book, At the Foot of the Cross with Julian of Norwich, is a prayerful resource that enables you to linger on the wonder of the cross and seeks to bring to a popular readership a devotional engagement with Julian’s work.