Table of Contents
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).
"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
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