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'Envisioning Reform: A Revelation Of Purgatory and Anchoritic Compassioun in the Later Middle Ages' / Liz Herbert McAvoy

The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England Papers read at Charney Manor, July 2011 [Exeter Symposium 8], Pages: 141 - 55

Swansea University Author: Liz Herbert McAvoy

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This essay breaks new ground by examining a hitherto overlooked female-authored text from fifteenth-century Winchester, arguing for its need to be read alongside the writing of Julian of Norwich (d. c. 1416) and Margery Kempe (d. c. 1440) as an example of how a female-focused 'compassioun'...

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Published in: The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England Papers read at Charney Manor, July 2011 [Exeter Symposium 8]
Published: Cambridge D. S. Brewer 2013
Online Access: http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14188
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa20500
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Abstract: This essay breaks new ground by examining a hitherto overlooked female-authored text from fifteenth-century Winchester, arguing for its need to be read alongside the writing of Julian of Norwich (d. c. 1416) and Margery Kempe (d. c. 1440) as an example of how a female-focused 'compassioun' imbricated the works of late-medieval women within late medieval England. The essay aims to demonstrate that such treatments by medieval women in their writing reflect a movement towards an ultimate feminisation of spiritual discourse that found fertile ground within the impetus for Church reform within the Lancastrian circles of fifteenth century England.
Keywords: Purgatory; women's writing; medieval compassion; fifteenth-century reform
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 141
End Page: 55