Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love

ISBN : 9780198112068

Barry Windeatt
448 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
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Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416) is the earliest author writing in English who can be identified as a woman. She is also esteemed as one of the subtlest writers and profoundest thinkers of the period for her account of the revelations that she experienced in 1373. This edition presents both the shorter and longer versions of her book about her revelations, setting them in parallel for ease of comparison, with comprehensive explanatory and textual commentaries, and also with a glossary. Barry Windeatt provides a text that is likely to be closest to Julian's own language. A substantial introduction provides up-to-date information about Julian's circumstances, Julian's Norwich, her revelations, the relationship between her two texts, the theological background to her principal themes (including Christ as our mother), and a survey of the reception history of her work up to the present. A textual introduction and full apparatus guide the reader through the complex textual issues behind Julian's writing.


1 Julian of Norwich: Dates and Inferences
2 Julian's Norwich
3 The Shorter and Longer Texts
4 The Revelations
5 'The noblest thing that ever he made is mankynd'
6 The Lord and Servant
7 'Take everything with other'
8 'Taught by God, profound, ecstatic'
Textual Introduction
Manuscripts and first printed edition
Choice of base-text and editorial policy
The Shorter Text
The Shorter and Longer Texts in Parallel
Westminster Cathedral Treasury MS 4: Selections from Julian's Revelations
Textual Variants: Shorter Text
Textual Variants: Longer Text
Textual Variants: Westminster Text

About the author: 

Barry Windeatt has been Professor of English at the University of Cambridge since 2001. He is the author of Sources and Analogues of Chaucer's Dream Poetry (1982), Troilus and Criseyde: A New Edition of 'The Book of Troilus' (1984), and Oxford Guides to Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde (1992). He has translated Troilus and Criseyde (1998) and The Book of Margery Kempe (1985) for Oxford World Classics. Most recently, he has translated Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love for Oxford World Classics.

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