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(PUBImage)Not discovered until 1934, this, the earliest known autobiography written in English, relates the story of a colorful 14th-century former brewer. Her spiritual awakening is marked by penance, pilgrimages, uncontrollable tears, near hangings as a heretic, and intense interest in Christ's passion. 356 pages, softcover.
The autobiography of English mystic Margery Kempe (ca. 1373 to ca. 1440), oneof the most fascinating works in literary history, is available for the firsttime in a modern and lively translation.
John Skinner began his career as a Jesuit. Leaving before ordination, he then became a journalist with The Times (London) before setting up his own children's bookselling company. He now writes full-time, specialising in the English mystics and in translating the spiritual classics across the centuries. His works include Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Love and The Confession of Saint Patrick, both of which have recently been published by Image Books. He lives with his wife, Judith, in Devon, England, where he is at work on a forthcoming collection of monastic writings.