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The Singular Vision of Julian of Norwich

Wolfgang Riehle

in The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Julian of Norwich, the most attractive and most original figure in medieval English mysticism. Many people consider Julian of Norwich to be a spiritual authority through her ... More


Julian of Norwich and the Comfort of Eternity

Eleanor Johnson

in Staging Contemplation: Participatory Theology in Middle English Prose, Verse, and Drama

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226572031
eISBN:
9780226572208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226572208.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the poetic properties of Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love to show how they are central to her partial performance of divine contemplation. For Julian, as for ... More


Modelling holiness: self-fashioning and sanctity in late medieval English mystical literature

Jessica Barr

in Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719089701
eISBN:
9781526104243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

In late medieval mystical writings, the narrative subject self-consciously fashions him- or herself, notably in the writings of Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and Richard Rolle. The authority in ... More


The Kindness of God: Trinity and the Image of God in Julian of Norwich and Augustine

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God: Metaphor, Gender, and Religious Language

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269502
eISBN:
9780191683657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Religion and Literature

This chapter examines two key texts, Augustine's De Triniate and Julian of Norwich's The Revelation of Divine Love, or Shewings, as it's sometimes called. The De Triniate is abstract and speculative, ... More


Promised Bodies: Time, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts

Patricia Dailey

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161206
eISBN:
9780231535526
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161206.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In the Christian tradition, especially in the works of Paul, Augustine, and the exegetes of the Middle Ages, the body is a twofold entity consisting of inner and outer persons that promises to find ... More


Learning Love and Justice

Thomas St. and Dame Julian

in By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195134865
eISBN:
9780199853472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134865.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Two of the ablest medieval theologians who set to work on the meaning of the cross for the Christian life were Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–74) and Dame Julian of Norwich (b. 1342). St. Thomas's ... More


Julian of Norwich

Kerrie Hide (ed.)

in Christian Theologies of Salvation: A Comparative Introduction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780814724439
eISBN:
9780814760642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724439.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter addresses the life and thoughts of the English mystic Julian of Norwich. Julian’s unique life of suffering shaped her understanding of theology, in which salvation is part of the journey ... More


Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Rabbinical texts kept preexistence alive in the Jewish tradition (largely through the concept of the guf, or soul-treasury. Authorities like Peter Lombard and Aquinas declared against it. ... More


Conclusion

Hugh White

in Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter suggests that the unsatisfactoriness of the natural for Chaucer and Gower was inevitable because they were much concerned with nature as promoter of sexual love; and in late medieval ... More


Penitential Ecstasy: The Dark Night of the Soul

Gananath Obeyesekere

in The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153621
eISBN:
9780231527309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153621.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter analyzes the rich visionary traditions in medieval Christianity. It first analyzes the visions of Julian of Norwich, the first known female author in England. These visions are recorded ... More


The transformation of tradition in the sixteenth century

Felicity Dunworth

in Mothers and Meaning on the Early Modern English Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076329
eISBN:
9781781702161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076329.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter considers the representation of figures such as Noah's wife, Eve and the Virgin in relation to the typology that is established through their paradigm stories. Religious and literary ... More


Margery Kempe: The Shocking “Fool in Christ”

Wolfgang Riehle

in The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the mysticism of Margery Kempe, a second late-medieval Englishwoman who sought to open her life entirely to Christian spirituality. Kempe's well-known only work, The Book of ... More


Feminine Symbols in Medieval Religious Literature

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Mary is the pure virgin at her conception and at the birth of Jesus as well as the exalted queen of heaven. But she is also the sorrowful mother. She understands and is with us in our suffering. More ... More


Theologies of Salvation in the Middle Ages: An Introduction

David Hogg (ed.)

in Christian Theologies of Salvation: A Comparative Introduction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780814724439
eISBN:
9780814760642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724439.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This overview chapter for the second part of the book covers the Middle Ages and includes chapters on Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, and Julian of Norwich. This chapter recounts the development of the ... More


Self-Knowledge, Abnegation, and Fulfillment in Medieval Mysticism

Christina Van Dyke

in Self-Knowledge: A History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190226411
eISBN:
9780190226442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226411.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Self-knowledge is a persistent—and paradoxical—theme in medieval mysticism; union with God is often taken to involve a loss of self as distinct from the divine. Yet an examination of Christian ... More


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