The Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love

The Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love

Nicholas Watson / May 24, 2020

The Writings of Julian of Norwich A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love Julian of Norwich ca ca a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer William Langland and John Wyclif is the earliest woman writer of English we know about Although she described herself as a sim

  • Title: The Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love
  • Author: Nicholas Watson
  • ISBN: 9780271029085
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Julian of Norwich ca 1343 ca 1416 , a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Wyclif, is the earliest woman writer of English we know about Although she described herself as a simple creature unlettered, Julian is now widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages, whose thinking about God as love has made a permJulian of Norwich ca 1343 ca 1416 , a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Wyclif, is the earliest woman writer of English we know about Although she described herself as a simple creature unlettered, Julian is now widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages, whose thinking about God as love has made a permanent contribution to the tradition of Christian belief Despite her recent popularity, however, Julian is usually read only in translation and often in extracts rather than as a whole.This book presents a much needed new edition of Julian s writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but also for those with little or no previous experience with the language Separate texts of both Julian s works, A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and A Revelation of Love, with modern punctuation and paragraphing and partly regularized spelling A second, analytic edition of A Vision printed underneath the text of A Revelation to show what was left out, changed, or added as Julian expanded the earlier work into the later one Facing page explanatory notes, with translations of difficult words and phrases, cross references to other parts of the text, and citations of biblical and other sources A thoroughly accessible introduction to Julian s life and writings An appendix of medieval and early modern records relating to Julian and her writings An analytic bibliography of editions, translations, scholarly studies, and other works.The most distinctive feature of this volume is the editors approach to the manuscripts Middle English editions habitually retain original spellings of their base manuscript intact and only emend that manuscript when its readings make no sense At once interventionist and speculative, this edition synthesizes readings from all the surviving manuscripts, with careful justification of each choice involved in this process For readers who are not concerned with textual matters, the result will be a readable and satisfying text For Middle English scholars, the edition is intended both as a hypothesis and as a challenge to the assumptions the field brings to the business of editing.

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    1. Julian's brilliance is a given. Brief snippets from her have become broadly known thanks to Eliot and others, but even aside from those moments (which lose nothing by familiarity) the whole of her achievement is simply astonishing. She combines a language of almost poetic specificity, a tremendously lucid emotional sensibility, and a theological gift for-- call it faithful catholic invention. Kierkegaard might be comparable, or Job.Watson & Jenkins present here an authoritative modern editio [...]


    2. Runn away from Julian. The only reason you are reading her is that she's the first woman to write a surviving text in English. As we used to say in elementary school - first is the worst.


    3. I had read Julian a few years ago and was kind of disappointed, probably because I wasn't properly prepared for the experience: I had ideas about mysticism that she didn't match with. It turns out that her mystical 'showings' are kind of just the subtext for a relentless intellectual probing which is the basis of the text. This edition is excellent in that it gives a suitable introduction and provides helpful notes to the modernized text (I had trouble thinking of a good adjective to go with "mo [...]


    4. This is tough to read since the context is so dense and it is written with little adaptation to current English language. I enjoyed The Complete Julian of Norwich better than this adaptation.Julian of Norwich is incredible and makes you think much more than "Heaven is for Real".



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