Julian of Norwich is one of the subtlest writers and profoundest thinkers of the Middle Ages, and the earliest woman writer in English. Her Revelations describe a loving and merciful God and a positive vision of humanity. This sensitive new translation conveys the poise and serenity of her style, and includes the two versions of her text.
- A new translation of the Revelations of Julian of Norwich, one of the most celebrated figures of the English Middle Ages and one of the earliest woman authors.
- Barry Windeatt's sensitive translation reflects and conveys to a modern reader the poise and serenity of Julian's prose style.
- Julian's optimistic theology speaks of a loving and merciful God and of God as our mother, and her beliefs are of particular interest in relation to the position of women and the church.
- Includes both the short and long texts, written some twenty years apart, and which together comprise an account of Julian's divine revelations and a more extended theological discussion.
- The comprehensive Introduction explores what is most distinctive and original in Julian's writing and its reception since medieval times.
- Includes helpful notes, a select bibliography, a list of revelations,Margery Kempe's account of her meeting with Julian, and index.
About the Author(s)
Julian of NorwichBarry Windeatt
, Professor of English and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Barry Windeatt is the author of a scholarly original-spelling edition of Julian of Norwich for OUP, forthcoming. He has written widely on medieval English literature and he has translated The Book of Margery Kempe for Penguin (1985) and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde for Oxford World's Classics (1998).
"... not only is Julian of Norwich's unique voice captured, the translator's deft touch ensures it's engaging and understandable. In fact over and over again Julian (and by extension, Professor Windeatt) prove that the simplest statements hold the deepest truths." - The Bookbag, Rev Michael Johnson
"Julian of Norwich is one of the most famous spiritual figures of the Middle Ages... This new translation conveys the beauty of her prose and her beief that we are being capable of spiritual transformation." - The Good Book Guide
"Julian of Norwich now has a new audience, and it really doesnt matter if, like me, you have little, if any, religious interest or understanding. The work itself both mystical and philosophical is fascinating enough on its own." - Guardian, Nicholas Lezard
"This new edition stands to be read profitably by all, who, as the Long Text commends in closing, aspire to be faithful lovers of our dearest Jesus." - Expository Times
"This edition offers readers of Middle English an informative and accessible critical scholarly version which presents apertures into the editing process. Windeatts editorial approach reveals sensitivity to Julians original language and subject matter, making this an important volume that invites further scholarly engagement with her enduring work." - Justin M. Bryon Davies, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen