Julian of Norwich (1343–c. 1416) was an English mystic and anchoress whose book, Revelations of Divine Love, describes a series of visions in which God’s love is revealed to her in terms of forgiveness, joy, compassion, and maternal love. She believed God brought her back from the brink of death. In recent times, the Christian contemplative prayer movement has taken a particular interest in her work.
Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This is one of the great classical medieval English works of devotion. Little is known of the author except that she was a recluse who lived in a cell attached to the church of St. Julian at Norwich.
The mystics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were, writes Karen Armstrong, like “the astronauts of our own day. They broke into a new religion, blazed a new trail to God and to the depths of the self, a trail far from the beaten pilgrimage paths of Chaucer and Langland.
Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth more than 2,000 years ago, according to the four Gospels of the New Testament, yet we need look no further than the two billion-plus Christians in the world today to see that his life and message still exert tremendous influence.