Julian of Norwich (c. 1343-c. 1416), a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Wyclif, is the earliest woman writer of English we kw about. Although she described herself as a simple creature unlettered, Julian is w widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages, whose thinking about God as love has made a permanent contribution to the tradition of Christian belief. Despite her recent popularity, however, Julian is usually read only in translation and often in extracts rather than as a whole. This book presents a much needed new edition of Julian's writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought t just for students and scholars of Middle English but for those with little or previous experience with the language.
Nicholas Watson is Professor of English at Harvard University. He is co-editor of two Penn State Press books: The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520 (1999) and The Vulgar Tongue: Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularity (2003).Jacqueline Jenkins is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She co-edited St. Katherine of Alexandria: Texts and Contexts in Western Medieval Europe (2003).