Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich

Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich

by Veronica Mary Rolf


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Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich by Veronica Mary Rolf

2014 NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD - GOLD in Religion/Spirituality: Western Traditions
“Certainly one of the best books on Julian of Norwich I've ever read. With a vast amount of research and a great deal of passion, Veronica Mary Rolf successfully recreates the world of the great mystic, provides careful explanations of Julian's rich experiences in prayer, and, overall, paints a convincing portrait of one of the most remarkable women ever to have lived--and believed.”-- James Martin, S.J., author, My Life with the Saints
Julian of Norwich, a medieval English mystic who spent the latter part of her life as an enclosed anchoress, is largely known through her extraordinary Revelations, one of the most popular and influential works of Christian mysticism. It was also the first book ever written by a woman in the English language. But until now, the woman herself was an elusive figure.
In this fascinating work, Veronica Mary Rolf has offered a convincing reconstruction of Julian's life in fourteenth-century Norwich, along with a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter commentary on her Revelations—rendered here in a new and faithful translation from the Middle English.
Julian's Gospel goes in-depth to uncover the political, cultural, social, and religious milieu that formed and deeply influenced her development as a woman and a mystic. Throughout, the book creates a strong dramatic arc for Julian's Revelations that interweaves her personal sufferings and burning questions with her visionary experiences, producing a compelling spiritual biography. Julian of Norwich comes fully alive in this work, her intense spirituality bearing a message of surprising relevance to our own era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626980945
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 855,328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Veronica Mary Rolf is an independent scholar of medieval studies and comparative literature, educated at Columbia University. Currently she presents a popular lecture series, Mornings with Julian of Norwich, and writes frequently on her website: www.JuliansVoice.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note on Citations xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Julian's Life

1 Norwich 15

2 Ancestry 39

3 Childhood 59

4 The Great Pestilence 67

5 Education 85

6 Marriage and Sexuality 104

7 War and Childbirth 125

8 Schism, Heresy, and Revolt 143

9 Preaching and Poetry 168

10 Corpus Christi Plays 194

Part 2 Julian's Revelations

11 Three Gifts 225

12 The Vision 258

13 The Passion 296

14 The Dying 334

15 Transformation 357

16 Making All Things Well 382

17 The Great Deed 403

18 On Prayer 431

19 The Lord and the Servant 462

20 The Godly Will 494

21 The Motherhood of God 512

22 Close of the Day 538

23 Betrayal and Affirmation 548

24 At Her Window 569

25 A Gospel of Love 589

Notes 597

Appendix 631

Bibliography 633

Index 645

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