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Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love and The Motherhood of God (Library of Medieval Women) [Paperback]

Frances Beer
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20 July 2006 Library of Medieval Women
Despite the strange and distant nature of her life and subject-matter, the works of Julian of Norwich remain immediate and compelling. Her Revelations are recorded in two versions: the short text, or "first edition", written near the time; and the better-known second version, which is both longer and more complex, completed some twenty years later. The short text, offering personal details edited out in her "second edition", but which allow a better sense of Julian as a person, is presented here in translation. It includes also those chapters from the long text that describe Julian's doctrine of the Motherhood of God. The volume also contains an introduction, placing Julian in the larger context of the fourteenth-century English mystical tradition, and an Interpretative Essay.BR> FRANCES BEER is Professor of English at York University, Toronto.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: D.S.Brewer (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859914534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859914536
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 13.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Contributes to the complete picture of Julian of Norwich as an author in that it invites renewed close reading of the Revelation and study of the text in its varied manuscript and textual contexts. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES

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Especially designed collectible edition of the classic work by the greatest of the female mystics, Julian of Norwich --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Light in Christian Revelation 31 Dec 2008
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I live in Norwich and am a member of the (at present) small number of admirers of the work of Julian of Norwich. "Mother" Julian is however being discovered by people all over the world and I believe that a time will come when her Revelations will become very famous and widespread - the world is just not yet ready for the details of her extraordinary experiences in Christian mysticism. Her writings are so different and challenging - remember too, she was expressing her mysticism in a time when she could have been excommunicated from the church - or, worst scenario, ? burnt as an heretic.

The Church of St Julian is still a fully functioning one in the "red light" area of Norwich - a curious oasis of peace in the maelstrom of a space full of potential and actual misery where sex workers are forced to ply their "trade" to support their addiction to "Class
A" drugs.

Attached to the church is Julian's "cell" where she lived as an anchorite and gave advice to the population here during her lifetime. For those open "to the vibes" (yes, I'm an ageing "hippy", upon entering the small chapel designated as her cell, a wonderful presence and feeling of peace and disembodied love may be experienced. Truly a place where the "Holy Spirit" dwells. I strongly recommend coming to visit St Julian's to all inclined to visit this remarkable place [it's on the internet]. And, by the way, although the windows get smashed from time to time in the cell - such is life - the tranquility endures.

I first encountered her work (sadly unread!) in the philosophy department at the library at my university (Uni of East Anglia) and have been fascinated by her writings for the past twenty years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelations of Divine Love - Spiritually Uplifting 29 April 2009
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Although raised as a Catholic, I had never heard of Mother Julian of Norwich until the other day, when I was watching a programme which featured the Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe (used to host a programme many years ago called 'Stranger than Fiction') and he mentioned her works.

After scribbling down the name, I went and researched on the Internet and, to my delight, found a copy of her work available via Amazon.

The book is all it was listed to be in the write up, and is very spiritually uplifting; the version I bought is standard English, but I think I will try to find the Middle English version to read, so as to get more of an insight into Mother Julian (sometimes known as Lady Julian) and her time.

Even after many centuries, Mother Julian sends a quite clear and loud message to us about just how much Jesus Christ really does love us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a peculiarly modern medieval mystic! 13 Nov 2000
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Julian Of Norwich was an anchoress living in Norwich in the late 14th century. Aged 30, she receieved her showings, or revelations of Divine Love. She then became enclosed, devoting to the rest of her life to writing down her visions, and understanding them.
Julian can be easily placed within a series of female medieval mystics - women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewich of Brabant, Clare of Assisi. Where she differs is in the simple uncluttered honesty of her approach; in her exploration of God as Mother, as well as of Father; and in her acceptance of our bodily nature, even joy in it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This KINDLE COSIMO CLASSICS translation has only the text with a list of contents. There are textual notes but no introduction. The text is untranslated. I suggest that unless you want the 'original thing', you try a modern translation such as the Penguin Classics, which has both the short and long text, a general introduction and a translators introduction. However the KINDLE edtion is only 77p so it was a bargin really!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super book for researchers, or seekers 3 Dec 1998
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I read this book form the point of view of someone seeking spiritual enlightenment and I was not disappointed. Julian's words make you reconsider the nature of good, evil and belief.
The many footnotes, references and the preface giving the historical background would make this book just as valuable for an academic theologan or historian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Woman Writer 13 Mar 2003
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This is a fantastic book by the first British writer who can be identified as female. Although she led a secluded life, it gave her the time and space to ruminate over her 'visions' in relation to philosophy and theology. The images are beautifully crafted, the visions described intricately. Perhaps the most interesting element of this book is that Julian uses a site of patriarchal power to investigate femininity - Jesus is a mother, his love is the love of a mother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding challenge. 17 Jan 2013
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This is a classic of immense depth and quality.

England's first and one of its greatest female philosophers takes serious work to understand.

The way her discoveries are expressed are at first utterly bewildering to the modern ear. Once you realise that she is framing things that we all experience to this day in the terms that one would in those days because of the cultural background, you start to see breathtaking philosophical insights.

Not for the faint-hearted but very rewarding of effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus as mother 29 Sep 2010
Inspiring piece of writing for those who wish to become closer to a feeling of God's presence in daily life.

Julian of Norwich presents Jesus as mother which I have never thought of before and which I find very appealing because most of the time he is presented as lover. This idea of Jesus as feminine as well as masculine makes the Godhead seems more rounded, accessible and balanced. Julian portrays a very warm picture of God (and again there is the sense that God is both male and female) and the affirmation 'All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.' is a comforting mantra to live by.

Her revelations of Christ on the Cross are graphic and I found it difficult to forget the images that she portrayed as they were so vivid. The blood and pain and heart riven in two became almost tangible and the images lingered for days. Be prepared for these scenes. They are potent and a strong reminder of our own crucifixion in life when we start to investigate the inner life. We are asked to take up the cross and bear the pain that leads to unconditional love.

A sensible woman who deeply lived her faith and provides us with a fine mystical portrait of God but grounded in the reality of daily life. I visited her shrine in Norwich three years ago and was struck by how small was the space in which she lived (it is a reconstruction but it is on the very site where she lived). There is a little shrine and the words 'Thou art enough to me.' leap out at the visitor.

Worth sessions of lectio divina and silent meditation on her words and images.
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Julian of Norwich revelations are compulsive reading. I'm very glad I purchased this book. Thanks, it is ideal as a gift also.
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It is astonishing that a relatively uneducated girl in medieval Norwich produced such a profound and comprehensive interpretation of Christian theology. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr S D Carter
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A wonderful and inspiring book to be read very slowly.
It will change you spiritually and probably requires regularly reading.
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I read this book every night in conjunction with my bible. It is easy to read and give rise to an evening contemplation
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I was interested to find out about Julian of Norwich. This translation work is presented in a way that is easy to follow. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asking too much
The book is as indicated, but the requirement to write twenty or more words about it is asking too much.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dover Edition
I bought the Dover edition, because at the time it was the cheapest edition. I have bought Dover before, both new and second hand. Read more
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Revisiting a book I was obliged to read 30 years ago as a student. A wonderful insight into a mystic light years ahead of her time. Read more
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