This is an abridged translation of Margery Kempe's book, ` a unique narrative of sin, sex and salvation' based on an account of her own life in 15th-century England. The introduction and interpretative essay provide the background to Margery, her marriage, sexuality, including her vow of chastity following the birth of her 14th child, and, above all, her spiritual calling. McAvoy includes a broader discussion of Margery's spiritual experiences, the pilgrimages she undertook, and her clash with male authorities and what her life and writing reveals about women in general in late medieval England.a#39;Daughter, to say many beads4 is good for those who can do no better, and yet it is not profitable.5 But it is a good route towards perfection. ... And I have often told you, daughter, that meditation, weeping and high contemplation is the best life on earth, and you will have more ... 14. 5 a#39;Profytea#39;. The variant of this word in Pepwella#39;s version reads a#39;perfytea#39;, and the original text of the Book renders it a#39; parfytea#39;.
|Title||:||The Book of Margery Kempe|
|Author||:||Margery Kempe, Liz Herbert McAvoy|
|Publisher||:||Boydell & Brewer Ltd - 2003|