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    DescriptionThe story of the eventful and controversial life of Margery Kempe wife, mother, businesswoman, pilgrim and visionary is the earliest surviving autobiography in English. Here Kempe (c.1373 c.1440) recounts in vivid, unembarrassed detail the madness that followed the birth of the first of her fourteen children, the failure of her brewery business, her dramatic call to the spiritual life, her visions and uncontrollable tears, the struggle to convert her husband to a vow of chastity and her pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land. Margery Kempe could not read or write, and dictated her remarkable story late in life. It remains an extraordinary record of human faith and a portrait of a medieval woman of unforgettable character and courage.


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    Title
    The Book of Margery Kempe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margery Kempe, Translated by Barry Windeatt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 1,000 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140432510
    ISBN 10: 0140432515
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
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    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BIC subject category V2: HRCS1
    DC21: 248.22092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000, HIS015000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15740
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE
    DC22: 248.2/2/0924
    LC classification: PR2007 .K4 1985
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    LC classification: PR2007.K4A
    BISAC V2.8: BIO018000
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVK2
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    02 August 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Margery Kempe, born c.1373, was of a well-to-do middle-class family from King's Lynn in Norfolk. Married at twenty, she had a vision of Christ in her madness following her first childbirth, and after early failures as a businesswoman, felt herself called to the spiritual life. At about the age of fourty, after she had born fourteen children, she persuaded her husband to a vow of chastity and began a pilgrimage across England, Europe and the Holy Land. She was a controversial figure and was often nearly burnt at the stake as a heretic. Towards the end of her life she dictated an account of her travels and visions, which was discovered in 1934. It is the earliest example of an autobiography in English. B. A. Windeatt is Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Reader in Medieval Literature in the University of Cambridge.