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Published: 12 February 2015

320 Pages | 1 map


ISBN: 9780199686643

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The Book of Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe
Anthony Bale

Oxford World's Classics

  • A lively new translation of one of the most important texts of the Middle Ages, and the first surviving autobiography in English, with full supporting editorial material.
  • Margery Kempe's Book opens a window into life in the Middle Ages and a distinctive record of popular religion, women's spirituality, travel, pilgrimage practices, and the vibrant world of late medieval East Anglia, England, and Europe.
  • A highly readable translation for non-specialist and student readers alike that preserves the author's forceful narrative voice.
  • Wide-ranging introduction that discusses Kempe and her status as a woman writer and proto-feminist, the historical context, medieval pilgrimage and travel, audience and reception.
  • Full notes, up-to-date bibliography, chronology showing key moments in the authorship, translation, and reception of the text, map of Kempe's travels, glossary and indexes.