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It was perhaps England's darkest hour. The roots of the Protestant Reformation were in place, although it would be another century before Martin Luther and King Henry XIII upended Catholicism. It was a time when unauthorized preaching was against the law, and there was a death penalty in place to stop heresy; even Catholic priests were being burned alive.
Margery Kempe was born into this world. She dared to follow the truth, and the calling she knew came from Jesus Christ himself. But she paid mightily for it, and she was repeatedly arrested, put on trial, even threatened with death. Kempe's only lifeline was her wit, determination, and a few influential friends who believed in her cause. You will be riveted by this tale of a woman who is credited with dictating the first autobiography in English, The Book of Margery Kempe. It is an account of a rare and courageous woman, a saint of the Anglican church, who dared to stand up for what she believed in.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: 2014
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Margery Kempe was born into this world. She dared to follow her truth, and the calling she knew came from Jesus Christ himself. But she paid mightily for it, and she was repeatedly arrested, put on trial, even threatened with death. Kempes only lifeline was her wit, determination, and a few influential friends who believed in her cause.
You will be riveted by this tale of a woman who is credited with dictating the first autobiography in English, The Book of Margery Kempe. It is an account of a rare and courageous woman, a saint of the Anglican church, who dared stand up for what she believed in.
"A work of scholarship and the imagination." Bloomberg News
"A fascinating work. The trials, pilgrimages, weeping, and relentless uproar that surrounded Kempe are all very much brought to life by MacDonald, a gifted writer and story-teller. All very believable, and even inspiring. If you want a very different summer read, quick and engaging, about someone important, about something important, you should pick up Skirting Heresy." National Review
"Elizabeth MacDonald has done us a genuine service in recovering and translating into a modern, page-turning narrative this very unusual story of a world which was rent by conflicts very like those we face today." Aleteia
"Elizabeth MacDonald is a gifted reporter her ability to weave passion and truth together shines in Skirting Heresy. MacDonalds account of Margery Kempes life is a compelling must-read story for religious readers and history buffs alike." Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
"One of the best historical narratives Ive read in a long time. Elizabeth MacDonald has skillfully delivered a gripping, bold new take on a captivating historical figure, Margery Kempe, a story that shows what was happening in Catholic England before Joan of Arc was executed." Larry Kudlow, anchor, CNBC
"Elizabeth MacDonalds story about Margery Kempe is an amazing historical perspective of a fascinating character that reads like a mystery you cant put down, full of passion and intrigue. I loved learning more about Margerya strong medieval woman of faith taking a stand for what she believed in against all odds."
Gretchen Carlson, host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
An engrossing and important revival of a timeless life story, of an heroic woman, Margery Kempe. MacDonald, like her subject, is a truth teller in the modern sense, ever eager to shine a light on what needs to be known." RealClearMarkets
MICHAEL ARCHER5 Stars Out Of 5AN INSTANT CLASSIC, PULITZER PRIZE LITERATUREOctober 15, 2014MICHAEL ARCHERQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An instant classic, I couldn't put this historical novel down or get it out of my head, I couldn't stop reading it. MacDonald has created Pulitzer Prize literature, it ranks right up there with the best of the literary classics. I read it in two days. Elizabeth MacDonald also ranks right up there with David McCullough or Hilary Mantel as one of the greatest writers of our time. The writing is just so elegant and gorgeous, it reads like a Cheever novel wrapped in a work of history wrapped in a suspense novel. I've read Margery Kempe books, but this is the very first time ever Margery's story is put in its proper historical context, as an historical narrative, what exactly was going on around Margery in Catholic England right before Joan of Arc was executed, its darkest and its most little known period in history. The history is perfect, the facts are correct, it's historically accurate. The latter chapters read just as hilarious as Chaucer's Canterbury tales! It's like an undiscovered Chaucer work. Elizabeth's original, imaginative dialogue writing of Margery's constant fights with fellow pilgrims and clergy, her writing about the bishops & clerics frustration and debates over what to do about Margery read just like the funniest movie scenes you ever saw. Just the thrilling, brilliantly written chapter alone on the heated, back and forth debate between Archbishop Thomas Arundel and his clerics on how to get rid of Lollard heretics, and the fact that MacDonald imagined how they finally shockingly came to their decision, a death penalty that became England's first burning at the stake in its history, is Pulitzer material. Read how MacDonald imagined a gorgeous, heart wrenching sermon for the first martyr of the Protestant Reformation, William Sawtrey, citing Dismas and Jesus on the cross, or Margery's husband's letter to her, and you'll cry, I cried. This is better than a Phillipa Gregory novel. And MacDonald's argument that 'Margery is the patron saint of gossip' is groundbreaking. Buy this book now, it's the best of the year. A book by one of the country's best and most gifted business journalists, who now ranks right up there as one of our greatest historical novelists. Kudos, Elizabeth, write more books!
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