Julian Of Norwich (1 x 60′) – Dr Janina Ramirez explores the extraordinary story of Julian of Norwich and how her book Revelations of Divine Love survived 600 years of neglect and suppression before its chance rediscovery in the archives of the British Museum.
Julian of Norwich was the first woman to write a book in English, in 1373. It was called Revelations of Divine Love, and in it, the self-taught anchoress proposed a revolutionary idea. She suggested that God was unconditionally loving, ever forgiving, ever patient, and ever accepting of the frailty of the human condition.
This was a message that was completely at odds with the fire and brimstone teachings of the Church, and her radical message and her book were suppressed for over 600 years.
This is the extraordinary story of its preservation by a determined set of women over the centuries, its survival against all the odds, and its eventual re-discovery – by another woman.