- By Margery Kempe Barry A. Windeatt

Book of Margery Kempe (Longman Annotated Texts)

  • Title: Book of Margery Kempe (Longman Annotated Texts)
  • Author: Margery Kempe Barry A. Windeatt
  • ISBN: 9780582304611
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book of Margery Kempe Longman Annotated Texts This is an edition of the earliest surviving autobiography of the unique account of the extraordinary life travels and revelations of Margery Kempe For the first time the original text is presented i

    This is an edition of the earliest surviving autobiography of the unique account of the extraordinary life, travels and revelations of Margery Kempe For the first time the original text is presented in an accessible form for modern readers This is the most compelling and significant English text of the Middle Ages Provides on page annotation, the first of its kind This is an edition of the earliest surviving autobiography of the unique account of the extraordinary life, travels and revelations of Margery Kempe For the first time the original text is presented in an accessible form for modern readers This is the most compelling and significant English text of the Middle Ages Provides on page annotation, the first of its kind for this book, which brings together the insights of scholarship on Kempe since the discovery of the manuscript in 1934 Also included is a chronology of Kemp s life, a helpful summary analysis of the chapters, and a full bibliography A must for those interested in the history or literature of the Middle Ages, or for those interested in Women s history ALSO AVAILABLE IN HARDCOVER 0 582 30460 1.

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    1. My then-roommate and I had a class together in which we read this book. When a stray cat turned up at our house and insisted on moving in with us, we named her Margery because she whined so much.

    2. One of the oldest autobiographies in the English language, should you choose to believe the illiterate Margery Kempe truly dictated it, is bitterly funny today. Kempe recounts her marriage, failures in business, curiously kinky religious visions, and spuriously selfish pilgrimmage. It is at once a window into the biases of a bygone age, and a thinly humorous commentary on the human condition. Was she driven mad by trouble childbirth, lying to get ahead in the world, or truly touched? The Church [...]

    3. After having to read this for my Lit class, and reading a book by St. Theresa of Avila two years ago for a history class, I have come to the following conclusion:Female mystics are the single most boring, long-winded people on the planet. Margery Kempe's life had all the potential to be a well-made, expensive, but ultimately poorly received religious film from the Mel Gibson canon. She had visions, was psychic, and spent most of her adult life traveling across Europe and the Middle East while re [...]

    4. This book is notable as being the first autobiography in the English Language. But that's where the debate begins. Margery Kempe was a remarkable woman who would have stood out in any age. As a Carmelite familiar with the mystical life, I find that Margery Kempe is authentic. Although there are many who would argue that. That is because they are unfamiliar with the contemplative and meditative life. And I must admit that Margery had her share of gifts. She had an extraordinary sense of prayer an [...]

    5. What a hoot this book is! Margery Kempe was a real person, someone who, after having a bunch of children and many years of marriage, decided that she wanted to be a nun. So she traveled to Rome (from England) to get a papal annulment, and discovered that she enjoyed traveling so much that she went on Jerusalem. Her adventures are told with a certain tongue-in-cheek and also some self-righteous indignation that are both edifying and hilarious. Even hearing only her side of things, the reader is g [...]

    6. margery kempe is an unmistakably physical presence, a voice that rings clear over the centuries, a body that she reinstates ownership over again and again, a soul that she lays bare to the world; there is something very lonely in the story of a woman who must exist in the liminal space between layperson and saint, aspiring to one and shunning the other but never quite belonging to either. despite her own surety that earthly scorn will be heavenly joy, that her distance from the people around her [...]

    7. not going to lie, i did some judicious skimming towards the end. i believe in women supporting women but julian > margery, those are the facts.

    8. Margery Kempe was certainly an interesting woman, I have to admit. Granted, she seemed to have been either completely crazy or really a preferred person with Christ as she insists time and time again. Prone to screaming in public, wearing white when she wasn't supposed to, and apparent frequent visions, it's not too hard to see why she's popularly seen as just coo-coo. To add to this, she's just about the most self-righteous person I have ever come across; not only does she have visions almost d [...]

    9. Frequent repetition (mostly of "Oh how wonderful god is. Let me repeat the story of the crucifixion in gory detail one more time") dropped this down from three to two stars. I actually enjoyed this far more than I thought I would as an atheist reading a Christian mystic's account of her religious life.What I most liked where the rare and occasional glimpses of 15th century life - travails with lice and travel plans, the occasional decrying of fashion. Margery is feisty indeed, though I mostly ch [...]

    10. One of the rare books that I would stop reading from the very first pages if it weren't required for a class.

    11. It's cool because it's one of the earliest examples of women's auto-biography- but that's it. If Margery Kempe existed today she'd be in a Louis Theroux documentary telling children they're going to hell for liking chocolate and justifying anti-social behaviour with how she is 'holier than'st thou'. If you knew her you would walk past her, head down, pretending you didn't see her because you really really don't want to talk to her she's so annoying.

    12. So vivid and interesting it is a strange and unique book, which some considered to be the first English autobiography dictated by Margery Kempe, a Christian mystic in the 15th century England. The book describes her mystical experience and life, spiritual conversion, the ordeals and trials she experienced, and the pilgrimage and travels to holy places; and it includes mystical conversations Jesus Christ and other saints as well. One of Margery’s key characteristics and patterns, was her strong [...]

    13. Ol' Weeping Margery is at the least an interesting character: she makes a case that she's going to be a pretty big deal in heaven, too, so you might do well to consider getting on her good side now. Her rambling, historically-and-psychologically-interesting book is utterly strange insofar as it is her recollections; that is, that it is meant unironically as an edifying saint's life, while to a modern reader Margery seems more like someone out of Dickens or Freud.The thought strikes me: Do unsymp [...]

    14. There is a really interesting story tied to this book, but sadly no interesting book tied to the story. Fans of Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena and other medieval women writers on spirituality will in my opinion find this quite lacking. Yes, Margery has a very strong feeling of devotion, but this is quite questionably devotional. Granted it's impossible to tell how accurate Margery of Kempe's self-assessment is, but the way it reads to me, this is the work of an egomanical and very vindict [...]

    15. Though I've never been a fan of autobiographies, I must admit to having enjoyed this book a little bit. I'll give it some respect considering the fact that it is one of the first autobiographies written in "English", though I couldn't help but be amused by Margery and her outlandish ways. I lost tack of all the things that made her weep.

    16. In The Book of Margery Kempe, the first chapter, "The Birth of Her First Child and Her First Vision," functions as the exposition and inciting incident of the tale. The chapter begins by setting the stage, letting readers know how about Kempe’s marriage at 20, her quick conception, and her illness while pregnant. She writes that she was plagued by devils and that she never fully confessed her sins to her priest, and while this troubled her, she was as afraid of “his sharp reproving” as of [...]

    17. What do I think of this book? I recognize its place in history -- the first extant autobiography by an English person. But how to judge it?Is it simply the babblings of someone who suffered from mental illness -- who believed herself bound by God to do bizzare things that constantly put her at odds with her society? To do that puts me in the dangerous position of having to apply that label to others, from Abraham to Paul -- indeed, having to discount all religious experience as insanity.Did she [...]

    18. This independent medieval woman traveled widelyOnly relatively recently available in modern English, Margery Kemp’s book is considered the first English autobiography. But it is no dry recitation of daily chores, but the story of her literally international quest for closeness to God. After a terrible illness accompanied by violent delirium, Kempe makes pilgrimage to Jerusalem and many other sites believed to bring worshippers closer to God. Her independence of mind is marked by a complete and [...]

    19. This was the most boring stupid book ever, and I had to read it for class. It wasn't enjoyable to read, but it did have some interesting parts. Margery is always whining and crying. And she loves Jesus. So much so that she wants to kiss him, and there's a scene where she's in bed with Jesus and Mary. Super weird, but interesting. She also thinks sexuality is the worst thing with men, and attempts to stay away from her husband and from all male genital stuff. It sounds like she's married to Jesus [...]

    20. A diary of a medieval woman, who experiences unusual cries and loud weepings when hearing sermons or thinking about the passion of Christ. Illiterate, having given birth to many children, and often ostracized, Margery Kempe can very well serve as an example of a suffering soul who showed mercy and patience to those believers who did not understand that her expressions of faith were caused by the Holy Spirit. Even though this is not a light reading, more advanced readers will find this book helpf [...]

    21. I love Margery's pettiness best of all. She writes beautifully of how Jesus visits her soul with consolation, but maybe even better about her vast array of haters. As spiritual reading, it goes past down-to-earth all the way to stream-of-consciousness. What makes reading it great practice, then, is precisely how these elements are interspersed, holiness and pettiness held together by force of personality. Because, I mean, calling out your haters is not a sin!

    22. Frankly I loved this book. Margery felt like a new friend. I found the account of her life very down to earth, sympathetic and profoundly calming. Like many Saints reading her words morphs into feeling like you are listening to her speak. A wonderful companion.

    23. An interesting readMargery, as a character, is painfully annoying, but her autobiography is an interesting look into religious norms of the time. This version in updated language is very smooth and makes for easy reading.

    24. The language is a barrier to understanding anything in this book. I truly found myself just reading to read the words but I was lost through the whole thing. Maybe one day I’ll be advanced enough to read something like this but it was painful this time through.

    25. I had to read this for a literature course. I am not the biggest fan of Margery, I think she is too hypocritical, as well as a bad mother for leaving her 14 children to go off into the world.

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