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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.00
  • November 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97639-7
  • 328 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Book of Margery Kempe

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Margery Kempe (Author), Lynn Staley (Editor, Colgate University)


The text presented here remains as faithful to the original Middle English as possible, without sounding archaic.

Kempe's work is accompanied by an introduction, a map of medieval England, a Kempe lexicon, and explanatory annotations.

"Contexts" collects primary readings that illuminate The Book of Margery Kempe.  Included are excerpts from The Constitutions of Thomas Arundel, Meditations on the Life of Christ, The Shewings of Julian of Norwich, The Book of Saint Bride, and The Life of Marie d'Oignies by Jacques de Vitry.

"Criticism" includes nine varied interpretations of the autobiography, written by Clarissa W. Atkinson, Lynn Staley, Karma Lochrie, David Aers, Kathleen Ashley, Gail McMurray Gibson, Sarah Beckwith, Caroline Walker Bynum, and Nicholas Watson.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.




    Map: Medieval England

    A Kempe Lexicon

    The Text of The Book of Margery Kempe


    1. From The Constitutions of Thomas Arundel
    2. From Meditations on the Life of Christ
    3. From The Showings of Julian of Norwich
    4. From The Book of Saint Bride
    5. From The Life of Marie d’Oignies by Jacques de Vitry


    1. Clarissa W. Atkinson · Female Sanctity in the Late Middle Ages
    2. Lynn Staley · Authorship and Authority
    3. Karma Lochrie · From Utterance to Text
    4. David Aers · The Making of Margery Kempe: Individual and Community
    5. Kathleen Ashley · Historicizing Margery: The Book of Margery Kempe as Social Text
    6. Gail McMurray Gibson · St. Margery: The Book of Margery Kempe
    7. Sarah Beckwith · Margery Kempe’s Imitation
    8. Karma Lochrie · From Utterance to Text
    9. Caroline Walker Bynum · Late Medieval Eucharistic Doctrine
    10. Nicholas Watson · Arundel’s Constitutions