Kempe, Margery

Kempe, Margery
born с 1373
died с 1440

English mystic.

She had 14 children before beginning a series of pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Rome, Germany, and Spain in 1414. Apparently illiterate, she dictated her autobiography, Book of Margery Kempe, describing her travels and her religious ecstasies in an unaffected style (с 1432–36). It is one of the earliest autobiographies in English literature.

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▪ British author
born c. 1373
died c. 1440

      English religious mystic whose autobiography is one of the earliest in English literature.

      The daughter of a mayor of Lynn, she married John Kempe in 1393 and bore 14 children before beginning a series of pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Rome, Germany, and Spain in 1414. Her descriptions of her travels and her religious ecstasies, which often included “boystous” crying spells, are narrated in an unaffected prose style that uses such contemporary expressions as “thou wost no more what thou blaberest than Balamis asse.” Apparently illiterate, she dictated her Book of Margery Kempe to two clerks from about 1432 to about 1436. It was first published (modernized) in 1936 and in Middle English in 1940.

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