For someone about whose life so little is known, Julian of
Norwich (1342-ca. 1416) is revered for her writings alone. Her book Revelations of Divine Love (ca. 1395) is
the first known English-language book to have been written by a woman. She is
venerated in the Anglican, Lutheran and Roman Catholic traditions.
Born in Norfolk, Julian was an anchoress , from the ancient Greek for “one who retires from the
world.” Unlike a member of a monastic community, as an anchoress, Julian...