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The Complete Julian of Norwich

by Father John Julian OJN, ed.

The most engag­ing and com­plete col­lec­tion avail­able of this 14th cen­tu­ry Eng­lish mys­tic

The Rev­e­la­tions of Julian of Nor­wich is the first book writ­ten in Eng­lish by a woman – in this case, by a 14th cen­tu­ry recluse who recounts the poignant, sub­tle, and rad­i­cal insights grant­ed to her in six­teen visions of the cru­ci­fied Christ as she lay on what was believed to be her deathbed. Julian’s mirac­u­lous recov­ery from that ill­ness then led to twen­ty more years of reflec­tion and con­tem­pla­tion on those rev­e­la­tions and final­ly to her writ­ing a detailed account of her mys­ti­cal expe­ri­ence. 

Her work – in the same Mid­dle Eng­lish as her con­tem­po­rary Geof­frey Chaucer – is dense, deeply intu­itive, and the­o­log­i­cal­ly com­plex. The Com­plete Julian is the first book to offer a mod­ern trans­la­tion of all of Julian’s writ­ings (includ­ing her com­plete Rev­e­la­tions), a com­plete analy­sis of her work, as well as orig­i­nal his­tor­i­cal, reli­gious, and per­son­al back­ground mate­r­i­al that helps the read­er com­pre­hend the depth and pro­fun­di­ty of her life and work.

“[Julian’s Rev­e­la­tions] may well be the most impor­tant work of Chris­t­ian reflec­tion in the Eng­lish lan­guage.” 
— Rowan Williams, the Arch­bish­op of Canterbury

2009

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