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I, Julian: The fictional autobiography of Julian of Norwich

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But in the midst of suspicion and menace, when the Church is actively condemning heretics, Julian is not safe. What seems indisputable is that Julian was the author of the first work written in English by a woman. The cell has windows – one on to the outside world, at which people could seek her counsel, another into the adjacent church – and her daily needs are attended to by her maid Alice. The Hogarth Press where I’m working, is in the heart of the literary world, with authors coming in all the time.

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Their questions were not answered, nothing was resolved, life flowed on with its doubts and distresses, but I [Julian’s final confessor, Hugh] never saw a visitor leave without a lighter step and a steadier gaze directed to God. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

I have never felt so alive,’ Julian says at her ‘funeral’, when she enters the walled cell which she will inhabit for decades. The Timeline at the end is a fascinating and bittersweet summary of the life and times of Dame Julian of Norwich. Tender, luminous, meditative and powerful, this is a powerful fictional retelling of the life of Julian of Norwich – the mother, mystic and radical. Written with profound insight, spiritual and psychological, and a rare sensitivity to the everyday world of the fourteenth century, it is a brilliantly illuminating companion to one of the greatest works of spiritual writing in English.Words failed as Love itself was set free in the encounter, melted from the ice that kept it prisoner.

It is as if we have finally found the lost autobiography of one of the medieval world's most important women . Mrs Woolf, wife of the manager, is a very celebrated author and, in her own way, more important than Galsworthy. But she does not align with them and she does not allow them to hijack her renown and rapport with the masses. Written with profound insight , spiritual and psychological, and a rare sensitivity to the everyday world of the fourteenth century, it is a brilliantly illuminating companion to one of the greatest works of spiritual writing in English .In writing Revelations of Divine Love, Dame Julian became the first known female author in the English language. As a mystic, her interpretation of the visions she experiences lead her to the famous conclusion that “All will be Well. It is a beautiful, intensely moving achievement which not only excites literary admiration: it renews the reader's faith that 'all shall be well'.

Claire Gilbert inhabits Julian of Norwich in the way that Hilary Mantel immersed herself in Cromwell.Come to encounters with people and places and nature and God and pain and suffering with an open heart and a welcoming smile and a willingness to learn. Slightly Foxed brings back forgotten voices through its Slightly Foxed and Plain Foxed Editions, a series of beautifully produced little pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them absorbing and highly individual.

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