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Julian of Norwich's "Showings": From Vision to Book (Princeton Legacy Library) Paperback – 14 Jul 2014


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"Baker guides her reader . . . through the intricacies of medieval devotional culture and theology; every point is made very thoroughly. . . . The rigor of this historical assessment is impressive."--Julian Gibbs, The [London] Times

"Baker's book offers one of the fullest accounts so far of the theological genealogy and implications of Julian's Showings."--Karma Lochrie, American Historical Review

"An important contribution to the study of women's intellectual achievements and to the history of the body; students of medieval theology will quarry its rich insight into Julian's Showings, a work of uncommon literary force and of enduring theological significance."--Anna Harrison, Crisis

"[Baker's argument] is clear, concise, and convincing. . . . [She] has written a sensitive and balanced study, which will now become required reading for anyone interested in Julian."--Karl Tamburr, Review of English Studies

"[An] innovative and comprehensive discussion of Julian of Norwich's growth from visionary to mystical theologian. . . . Baker's own prose, like the shape of her argument, takes its cue from Julian: modest and succinct, Baker's lucid writing is intellectually rigorous and quietly appreciative of both subject and audience."--Denise L. Despres, Speculum

"This is one of the most sensible and sensitive discussions of the showings of Julian of Norwich yet to appear in book form. . . . is grounded in a clear account of the evolution and development of Julian's theological and visionary understanding in the intellectual and devotional context of her time. . . . [I]t offers a reliable, thoughtful and challenging reading of the text which will cause any reader of Julian to return to the text with new questions and fresh perceptions."--Vincent Gillespie, Aevum

"Baker has more than succeeded in coming to terms with the nature and magnitude of Julian's achievement. Her book is worthy of its subject."--Christina von Nolcken, Modern Philology

"In this, the first major assessment of her significance as a visionary and theologian, Denise Nowakowski Baker places Julian in her 14th-century context. . . . the rigour of this historical assessment is impressive."--Julian Gibbs, The Times (London)

"[A] detailed . . . analysis of both the short and long forms of the mystic Julian of Norwich's Showings. . . . offers the general reader thoughtful insights into both the Showings and its milieu."--Publishers Weekly

"Baker's study traces the 14th century's first English woman of letters from a visionary to a theologian. . . . [Her] work will provide students and scholars a serious study of this important woman theologian."--Choice

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"A welcome addition to the growing literature about women's spirituality in the Middle Ages. There is no book that offers such a close reading of the Showings in the context of medieval theology. The writing is clear and enjoyable and the opening pages are riveting."--E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania

"An original and substantial [book] that will have a clear and immediate impact on how work is conducted in the field."--Nicholas Watson, University of Western Ontario


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