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Reading Margery Kempe’s inner voices

The richness of Margery’s multi-sensory experience, and the care with which it is depicted, is illuminated by and illuminates the experience of contemporary voice-hearers, offering a powerful alternative perspective to often reductive bio-medical understandings.

Private Passions: The Contemplation of Suffering in Medieval Affective Devotions

This dissertation examines the representation of suffering in medieval affective devotional texts.

Walk this Way: Two Journeys to Jerusalem in the Fifteenth Century

This paper appraises place pilgrimage to Jerusalem in two late-medieval English texts: The Itineraries of William Wey and The Book of Margery Kempe.

Margery Kempe and her Autobiography

Margery Kempe was a self-proclaimed holy woman, visionary, mystic and medieval pilgrim. She is also unique because although she was not proficient at reading and writing, she was determined to record her visions, journeys and spiritual experiences

Margery Kempe and the People on the Periphery

There are few medieval texts I find so entertaining as The Book of Margery Kempe, the fifteenth-century story of a seemingly ordinary woman of Bishops Lynn, England, whose life was transformed by visions of Jesus. T

Medieval mysticism or psychosis?

Alison Torn investigates the strange case of Margery Kempe

INTERVIEW: A Conversation with SD Sykes about Plague Land

My interview with fiction author, SD Sykes about her fantastic medieval crime novel, Plague Land.

‘Some Like it Hot’: The Medieval Eroticism of Heat

The late fourteenth-century romance Sir Launfal narrates the financial, martial and erotic adventures of one of the lesser-known knights of the Arthurian court.

An outside for the inside : a psychoanalytic reading of The Book of Margery Kempe

It is evident in Margery Kempe’s visions of holy family life that Virgin and Christ dyad is an oedipal fantasy of the child who is the father of himself.

The Orthodox Heresies: ‘Lollardy’ and Medieval Culture

This is not Margery Kempe’s first run-in with the law. Already, she has been accused multiple times of heresy, of wantonness, and of being a general pest.

Perceptions of insanity in medieval England

In a Christian society that perceived of a cosmic struggle between good and evil, madness was evidence of a battle lost.

“She should have more if she were ruled and guided by them”: Elizabeth Woodville and Margery Kempe, female agency in late medieval England

This thesis argues that while patriarchy was certainly present in England during the late medieval period, women of the middle and upper classes were able to exercise agency to a certain degree through using both the patriarchal bargain and an economy of makeshifts

An introduction to the investigation into the mental health of female medieval mystics

While the Medieval ascription to madness is known, in the light of recent psychological and medical insights, I will explore alternative explanations for the extreme behaviour of devout women in the Middle Ages.

Writers in religious orders and their lay patrons in late medieval England

Critics have long recognized that the religious orders played an important part in the production of vernacular devotional literature in late medieval England. The orders were well suited to this task. Reading and writing were an important part of the life of those who lived under a rule.

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