Margery Kempe

Item

Author

Margery Kempe

Location

King's Lynn, England

Dates

1373–1438

Biography

Margery Kempe was an English Christian mystic, who wrote, through dictation to a scribe, the Book of Margery Kempe, a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language. Her book chronicles her domestic tribulations, her extensive pilgrimages to holy sites in Europe and the Holy Land, as well as her mystical conversations with God. She is honoured in the Anglican Communion but was never made a Roman Catholic saint.

Works

The Book of Margery Kempe

Languages

Middle English

Genres

Devotional, Autobiography

Editions and Translations

Meech, Sanford Brown, ed. The Book of Margery Kempe. EETS o.s. 212. New York: Oxford University Press, 1940, rpt. 1961.

Digital Editions

Archival Holdings

The Book of Margery Kempe: Add MS 61823, British Library, London.

Item sets

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