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Revelations of Divine Love


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Julian of Norwich, (introduction by A. C. Spearing), (translated by Elizabeth Spearing)

Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 after 1416) was the first woman writer in English. Nothing is known of her background or even her real name, simply that she believed she was a messenger to all Christians because of her 'showings' from God. A.C. Spearing and Elizabeth Spearing have published numerous books and articles on medieval literature.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Cally Hammond: The first book on the list a) not written in Latin but in the vernacular, b) to have found a relatively recent prominence, and c) not written by a canonized saint of the Church. For putting love, and relationship, at the heart of Christianity, and the forgiveness of God above his judgment, and the motherliness of God above his authority, she is rightly revered.

Jenny Monds: The Revelations of Julian of Norwich is such a well-loved work that it deserves its place high on the list.

Mark Oakley: The first woman to be published in English but the only woman in this top 10 … Beautifully intimate images abound here to recall us to the fact that with God love is not only the first word but the last.

Stephen Cottrell: Apart from the Scriptures the most dog-eared and thumbed book on my shelves is Julian of Norwich. I keep being drawn back to her revelations of love to remind me that I am loved and that love is the meaning of the gospel. Again, apart from Scripture, is there another books which is so ancient and so contemporary.

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