One for the woman that is first, Julian of Norwich produced in Revelations of Divine Love a remarkable work of revelatory insight, that stands alongside The Cloud of Unknowing and Piers Plowman as a classic of Medieval religious literature
After fervently praying for a greater understanding of Christ’s passion, Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth-century anchorite and mystic, experienced a series of divine revelations. Through these ‘showings’, Christ’s sufferings were revealed to her with extraordinary intensity, but she also received assurance of God’s unwavering love for man and his capacity that is infinite for. Written in a vigorous English vernacular, the Revelations are the most initial works of medieval mysticism and now have had a influence that is lasting Christian thought. This edition of the Revelations contains both the short text, which is mainly an account of the ‘showings’ themselves and Julian’s initial interpretation of their meaning, and the long text, completed some twenty years later, which moves from vision to a theology that is daringly speculative.
Elizabeth Spearing’s interpretation preserves Julian’s directness of phrase plus the complexity that is rich of thought. An introduction, notes and appendices help to place the ongoing works in context for contemporary visitors.
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