nám. Jana Palacha 1/2
Lecturer: Laura Elisabeth Kalas Williams (Swansea).
The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1440) is widely considered to be the first known female autobiography in the English Language. Dictated to a number of scribes over her lifetime, the Book narrates Margery Kempe’s (b.1373; d.c.1440) spiritual conversion and her sometimes painful journey towards a holy life. This lecture will reveal the contents of a medicinal recipe that was added to the end of the only surviving manuscript by a late-fifteenth-century reader of the Book, and will explore the significance of such a medical-religious dialogue. The lecture will also consider the broader use of the Christus Medicus (Christ the Physician) motif, and the ways in which Kempe utilises such medieval understandings to achieve union with God.
The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.