Julian of Norwich

JULIAN of Norwich. b. 1342; d. ca. 1416. Her anchorite cell was at the Parish Church of St Julian, Conisford, Norwich, and this may be the origin of her name. Little is known for certain about her life, although she became an anchoress before 1394. She wrote The Revelations of Divine Love, reflections on sixteen visions of Christ crucified which she received in May 1373. A short version was written at some point in the years following the vision; the longer version (on which her reputation rests) was written in 1393 or later. Her work was the inspiration for ‘Mothering God, you gave me birth’* by Jean Janzen*. Portions of her work have also inspired hymns by June Boyce-Tillman* (‘All...

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