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1373 1438

Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe decided to enter a spiritual way of life after a vision she claims to have had after giving birth. She swore a vow of chastity and went on a multitude of pilgrimages throughout England, then Jerusalem and different places in Europe. Her hysterical weeping and constant praying there polarised people. All we know of Margery Kempe's life is recorded in her single work The Book of Margery Kempe. The book is quite unsual in style and language and can be labelled as a mystical writing.

Margery Kempe was daughter to a wealthy family and mother of fourteen children. She had her first vision when she was in her early twenties and after both her businesses failed, she decided to enter a spiritual way of life. After swearing a vow of chastity, she went on a multitude of pilgrimages throughout England, then Jerusalem and different places in Europe. She was often insulted by fellow pilgrims for her hysterical weeping and constant praying, but some clerics regarded her as a holy women who had recieved the gift of tears by God himself. Margery Kempe herself was illiterate and had at least two scribes; all that is known of Margery Kempe's life is recorded in The Book of Margery Kempe.
Literature, Middle English Period, Poetry