Margery Kempe and Her World by A.E. Goodman

By A.E. Goodman

Daughter of a mayor of King's Lynn, spouse of a burgess there and mom of fourteen young children, Margery Kempe (c. 1373-post 1438) was once additionally a non secular mystic and hysteric, who dictated her 'autobiography' to a scribe on the finish of her lifestyles. during this heritage of her existence, Anthony Goodman examines "The Book", to reconstruct as a lot of her traditional biography because the fabrics let. together with her religious reports, yet focusing such a lot really on her daily lifestyles, he builds an exciting photo of bourgeois society in overdue medieval Lynn, and the broader international of overdue medieval cities in England and Europe extra in most cases.

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An outline of the position of the Church in Lynn leads on to a discussion of the piety of The Book. Thereafter Margery is launched on her travels, from the perspective in particular of what they tell us about a provincial society’s view of and relations with the world. I have adhered to the chronological framework to Margery’s life worked out by Meech and Allen, though because of the nature of the text, question marks remain about the dates and sequence of many events described in it. · 14 · LYNN AND THE BRUNHAM FAMILY chapter 2 LYNN AND THE BRUNHAM FAMILY T he Lynn of Margery Kempe was one of England’s leading ports.

64 At Congregation on 25 April, it was determined that the community should pay the costs of his visit and that he should dine at the mayor’s table. 66 Relations with kings and nobles The Lynn elite appreciated the importance of good relations with kings and nobles. As we have seen, in 1377 they relied in part on the help of the youthful Richard II’s mother, Joan Princess of Wales (d. 1385), widow of the Black Prince: Joan Holand, Duchess of Brittany (d. 1384), who in 1384 procured a favour from the Crown for John Brunham, was her daughter.

However, if the report was accurate, it provides evidence that tensions existed between the majores and commons, anticipating the confrontations between the potenciores and the inferiores non burgenses which were to erupt in the early fifteenth century. The version of the riot which Despenser gave in a petition to the Crown, not surprisingly, stressed the violence and evil intent of the rioters. 40 The mayor had to appear before the king’s council to answer the bishop’s charges against the townsmen.

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