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The Writings of Julian of Norwich
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CONTENTS Preface AcknowledgmentsINTRODUCTION Part One: On Julian and Her Writings Part Two: On Readers of Julian's Writings Part Three: On Editing Julian's Writings Part Four: On Using This EditionA Vision Showed to a Devout WomanA Revelation of LoveTextual NotesAPPENDIX: RECORDS AND RESPONSES, 1394-1674A. The Westminster Revelation (with Hugh Kempster)B. Bequests to Julian of Norwich, 1393-1416C. Excerpt from The Book of Margery Kempe (chapter 18)D. The Cambrai Nuns" Margaret Gascoigne and the Upholland ManuscriptE. Serenus Cressy's Edition of a Revelation and the Stilling fleet ControversyBibliography (by Amy Appleford)

About the Author

Nicholas Watson is Professor of English at Harvard University. He is co-editor of two Penn State Press books: The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520 (1999) and The Vulgar Tongue: Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularity (2003).Jacqueline Jenkins is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She co-edited St. Katherine of Alexandria: Texts and Contexts in Western Medieval Europe (2003).

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"This is a fine and very welcome addition to the growing corpus of scholarly work on what may well be the most important work of Christian reflection in the English language."

-Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury


"This is an edition like no other. Word for word and thought for thought, Watson and Jenkins give Julian's texts the closest reading they have ever had. The editors' daring break with current trends will make it much easier henceforth to read A Revelation of Love and much harder to evade the challenge of its intricate and radical thought. Adopting a wholly new approach to Julian's sources, the copious notes initiate the novice reader gently into the mysteries of Middle English, while inviting specialists to enter more fully than ever before into the process of making this book, which, in the final words of its author, `is begotten by Goddess gifted and his grace, but it is not yet performed."

-Barbara Newman, Northwestern University


"Embracing both scholarly and pedagogical needs, this remarkable volume meets the editors' stated goal of providing an edition that is true to their understanding of Julian's rigorous and eloquent thought and that makes that thought accessible, as Julian herself would wish, to readers at all levels."

-E. Robertson, Choice


"Watson and Jenkins's exemplary edition allows for a much wider understanding of Julian's texts than previous such undertakings, and is, by more than a little, the best edition we now have."

-John C. Hirsch, Medium Aevum


"This is not an inexpensive text and may well be out of the reach of the ordinary reader. Yet for the teacher/lover of medieval spirituality, it is an indispensable work."

-Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal Magazine


"Clearly this edition has much to contribute to the growing interest among scholars, students, and enthusiasts of contemplative writers from the medieval period. Anyone interested in understanding the differences and similarities among manuscripts of Julian's writing will be well served by using this text."

-Rick McDonald, Sixteenth Century Journal


"A book that offers this much material takes a while to unpack, and instructors might hesitate at its bulk. But quite apart from the advantages of the text, the notes will be invaluable for an attentive student. . . . Watson and Jenkins's edition is liberal indeed, but their sensitivity to the fine detail of Julian's argument justifies their audacity."

-Andrew Taylor, University of Toronto Quarterly

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