Margery Kempe (c.1373 - c.1438), the Jews, and the Northern Jerusalem
Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Professor Anthony Bale, Professor of Medieval Studies, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 13 June 2013 starting at 5pm in B01, Clore Management Centre. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
Introduction: Professor David Latchman CBE, Master, Birkbeck College
Vote of Thanks: Professor Hilary Fraser, Executive Dean, School of Arts
Lecture Synopsis: Margery Kempe was a fifteenth-century mystic, mother, wife, pilgrim, and controversialist, from the town of Lynn in Norfolk. Kempe left a long written account, known as The Book of Margery Kempe, detailing her travels and travails. Kempe roamed widely around Europe and the Middle East, including a visit to Jerusalem and the holy sites of Palestine. In this lecture, Professor Bale, who is currently preparing a new translation of The Book of Margery Kempe, will consider Kempe's representation of Jews and Judaism alongside her descriptions of the Holy Land. Bale's lecture will explore the religious and cultural background of Kempe's writing, and will locate Kempe in terms of other late medieval writers and pilgrims, particularly in terms of the translation of Jerusalem from the Middle East to northern Europe.