Margery Kempe, who met Julian, is remembered in the Anglican Church on 9th November.

Margery Kempe (c. 1373 – after 1438) was an English Christian mystic from King’s Lynn in Norfolk, known for writing through dictation The Book of Margery Kempe, a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language.  She came to Norwich and met Julian and writes that "great was he holy conversation that the anchoress (Julian) and this creature (Margery herself) had for the many days that they were together".

We enjoyed an extremely well-received two-day retreat reflecting on the relationship between East Anglia's two great 14th century women writers in October 2018 given by the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, sometime Dean of Norwich.  

Kempe is honoured in the Church of England on 9th November and in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America together with Richard Rolle and Walter Hilton on 28th September.  

Click here for a link to a Radio 4 programme dedicated to her on In Out Time with Melvin Bragg.





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