Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich
or Juliana of Norwich

born 1342, probably Norwich, Norfolk, Eng.
died after 1416

English mystic.

After being healed of a serious illness (1373), she wrote two accounts of her visions; her Revelations of Divine Love is remarkable for its clarity, beauty, and profundity. She spent her later life as a recluse in Norwich.

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▪ English mystic
also called  Juliana 
born 1342, probably Norwich, Norfolk, Eng.
died after 1416

      celebrated mystic whose Revelations of Divine Love (or Showings) is generally considered one of the most remarkable documents of medieval religious experience. She spent the latter part of her life as a recluse at St. Julian's Church, Norwich.

      On May 13, 1373, Julian was healed of a serious illness after experiencing a series of visions of Christ's suffering and of the Blessed Virgin, about which she wrote two accounts; the second, longer version was composed 20 or 30 years after the first. Unparalleled in English religious literature, Revelations spans the most profound mysteries of the Christian faith—such as the problems of predestination, the foreknowledge of God, and the existence of evil. The clarity and depth of her perception, the precision and accuracy of her theological presentation, and the sincerity and beauty of her expression reveal a mind and personality of exceptional strength and charm. Never beatified, Julian is honoured on the unofficial feast day of May 13. A modern chapel in the Church of St. Julian has been dedicated to her memory. A critical edition in Middle English of both the short and long versions of her account is A Book of Showings to the Anchoress Julian of Norwich, ed. by Edmund Colledge and James Walsh in 2 vol. (1978); Colledge and Walsh also published an English translation, Showings, in the same year.

Additional Reading
Joan M. Nuth, Wisdom's Daughter: The Theology of Julian of Norwich (1991); Denise Nowakowski Baker, Julian of Norwich's Showings: From Vision to Book (1994).

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