Revelations of Divine Love (Paperback)

Revelations of Divine Love By Julian of Norwich, Elizabeth Spearing (Translated by), A. C. Spearing (Introduction by), A. C. Spearing (Notes by) Cover Image

Revelations of Divine Love (Paperback)

By Julian of Norwich, Elizabeth Spearing (Translated by), A. C. Spearing (Introduction by), A. C. Spearing (Notes by)


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One of the first woman authors, Julian of Norwich produced in Revelations of Divine Love a remarkable work of revelatory insight, that stands alongside The Cloud of Unknowing and Piers Plowman as a classic of Medieval religious literature

After fervently praying for a greater understanding of Christ's passion, Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth-century anchorite and mystic, experienced a series of divine revelations. Through these 'showings', Christ's sufferings were revealed to her with extraordinary intensity, but she also received assurance of God's unwavering love for man and his infinite capacity for forgiveness. Written in a vigorous English vernacular, the Revelations are one of the most original works of medieval mysticism and have had a lasting influence on Christian thought. This edition of the Revelations contains both the short text, which is mainly an account of the 'showings' themselves and Julian's initial interpretation of their meaning, and the long text, completed some twenty years later, which moves from vision to a daringly speculative theology.

Elizabeth Spearing's translation preserves Julian's directness of expression and the rich complexity of her thought. An introduction, notes and appendices help to place the works in context for modern readers. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 after 1416) was the first woman writer in English. Nothing is known of her background or even her real name, simply that she believed she was a messenger to all Christians because of her 'showings' from God.

A.C. Spearing and Elizabeth Spearing have published numerous books and articles on medieval literature.
Product Details ISBN: 9780140446739
ISBN-10: 0140446737
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 1st, 1999
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics