How To Be a Medieval Woman

How To Be a Medieval Woman And then he completely astonished at her words left off his lewdness saying to her as many a man had done before Either you are a truly good woman or else a truly wicked woman Brave outspoken and

  • Title: How To Be a Medieval Woman
  • Author: Margery Kempe
  • ISBN: 9780241252260
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • And then he, completely astonished at her words, left off his lewdness, saying to her as many a man had done before, Either you are a truly good woman or else a truly wicked woman Brave, outspoken and guaranteed to annoy people wherever she went including exasperated fellow pilgrims in Jerusalem and her long suffering husband Margery Kempe was one of the most vivi And then he, completely astonished at her words, left off his lewdness, saying to her as many a man had done before, Either you are a truly good woman or else a truly wicked woman Brave, outspoken and guaranteed to annoy people wherever she went including exasperated fellow pilgrims in Jerusalem and her long suffering husband Margery Kempe was one of the most vivid and unforgettable voices of the Middle Ages Whether travelling alone, getting herself arrested or having visions of marrying Jesus, Margery repeatedly defied feminine convention and also managed to compose the first autobiography in English, despite being unable to read or write.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

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    1. I feel cheated by this Little Black Classic. On the back it says "Advice on marriage, foreign travel and much more from the irrepressible Margery Kempe: medieval pilgrim, visionary and creator of the first autobiography". I knew nothing of Margery Kempe, who she was, what she did, so I thought, based on that description, that this was a book of, well, advice. I thought it was Margery giving advice on life, based on her own experiences. Obviously, that's not what this is at all. It's a biography [...]

    2. Excerpt from Kempe's memoirs, part of Penguin's Little Black Classics series. Some of it was absolutely fascinating but the religious aspects got a bit tedious. I would be interested to read the full book though.

    3. I think the blurb is very misleading. The book is only about Margery and how she experiences her religion. There isn't really any advise or insight into how an everyday woman in this age would have lived. There is also a lot of repetition (most used word is probably sobbing or sorrow or something) which made it a bit dull to read. I think that Penguin should have picked a different book to fill up this spot really

    4. This is the first book I have completed as part of my personal book challenge. Number 95 in the Penguin Little Black Classics series I put it on my list because I was intrigued by the synopsis:"Advice on marriage, foreign travel and much more from the irrepressible Margery Kempe: medieval pilgrim, visionary and creator of the first autobiography." Sounds fascinating, right? A first hand female account of life in the late 1300's and early 1400's? Awesome!But it wasn't quite what I was expectingA [...]

    5. Not entirely what I'd expected when picking this up, but interesting nonetheless. Margery seems to have lead a fascinating life, and though she can be a little preachy at times, I did think this was a unique read. But don't expect some sort of Medieval-era conduct guide. That's not what this is at all.

    6. I don't know how to rate this book. How can you describe a 15th century text? I really enjoyed it as a historical account, and I found Kempe's descriptions of travel, lust, madness, her own visions, and the cruelty she experienced, to be fascinating. But as a work of literature it didn't grip me at all: but then, that's not what it's trying to do. A woman was compelled, at great personal risk, to recount her visions and experiences of god, although she was illiterate. That alone, and the fact th [...]

    7. I found Margery's visions hard to connect with in many places because they were just so strange, but this little book had something captivating about it. I think what I liked about it most was the way that very spiritual themes were dealt with in a very bodily way - that's something about mediaeval religious writing that I always find very appealing.

    8. 0.5/5The blurb is awfully misleading, and never have I felt so cheated before.Possibly the worst book I have read in 2016.0.5 for "A Vision of the Crucifixion".As holy (or religious, your call) writings, Margery Kempe would be most appropriate; a solemn read for a time of reflection or solitude, all good.However, to read as advertised, no. It ain't what it says it is.

    9. This collection of writing was bizarrely titled and packaged. This book is not about being a medieval woman, although the author clearly was one, and the suggestion of a far-reaching treatise on life. which the blurb offered, was not on the table. I was about a third of the way through when I realised that I had read Margery Kempe before. I never would have guessed it from the title. Although she is writing an autobiography, she does not focus on many of the facets of her life (and, indeed, much [...]

    10. One of the most misleading titles ever. This is NOT a how-to book, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, it's excerpts from The Book of Margery Kempe, which became famous for two reasons:1) it's the first autobiography by a woman (well, written by someone else as she was illiterate, but still her story as told by herself);2) it tells the story of THE MOST ANNOYING WOMAN IN THE WORLD. The second reason made this book both hilarious and aggravating. Margery has a grating narrative style, [...]

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