The Extraordinary Life of Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe's story opens a window into late medieval English life from the point of view of a woman of independent means. She was married, a marriage that produced 14 children, but made the decision to devote her life to God by the undertaking of pilgrimages. She undertook the major pilgrimages of her day – to Canterbury, the Camino, Rome and even Jerusalem. She spent the later part of her life immersing herself in a spiritual quest for sainthood, hoping to be publicly acknowledged as a conduit to God. When connected to her Lord, Margery saw visions and threw physical fits which saw her screaming and writhing on the floor. This type of manifestation of her experience of God caused many to question the plausibility of her claims to holiness. Despite her membership of the upper middle class, Margery was illiterate. However, she had an extraordinary memory and later in her life she dictated her story to two monks. The first gave up on her but she persuaded a second monk to continue the work. Her story is as humorous as it is revealing. The Anglican Church recognises Margery as a true Mystic. She would be very pleased.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • An understanding of the situation in late medieval Christian Europe
  • The significance of pilgrimages in this period
  • The major pilgrimages of the time
  • Medieval mysticism
  • The importance of the fear of damnation
  • Extracts from Margery’s autobiography in both medieval and modern English
$65 Limited

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08 Oct

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