Margery Kempe’s Meditations

The Context of Medieval Devotional Literatures, Liturgy and Iconography

Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa

Margery Kempe’s Meditations

Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 3 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2007
Cloth $13.00 ISBN: 9780708319109 Published July 2007 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Since its rediscovery in 1934, The Book of Margery Kempe has generally been judged as over-emotional and naïve.
Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa argues instead that The Book of Margery Kempe is a creative experience of memory as spiritual progress. Yoshikawa explores Margery’s meditational experience in the context of the visual and verbal iconography and provides a comprehensive analysis of Margery’s meditative experience as it is structured in the book, paying particular attention to develop a coherent theology of the five major meditational expreiences that influence Kempe’s spiritual progress.


1. Margery’s Conversion in Advent and Infancy Meditation

2. The Jerusalem Pilgrimage and Spiritual Progress

3. Passion Meditation

4. Purification and Holy Dalliance

5. Mixed Life

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