Dates: 1342 - 1423 (Dates are approximate. )
Julian of Norwich was one of the first women to write in Middle English. Her two works recount a series of visions she experienced during a near-fatal illness which she suffered as a young woman in 1373. Soon after recovering, Julian wrote down these vivid visions in A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman. Julian then became an anchorite and devoted herself to a life of contemplation. In the mid 1390s, as a result of much meditation and two secondary visions, Julian composed a second, much longer work entitled A Revelation of Love. This piece is an ambitious re-working of A Vision elaborating earlier theological themes and incorporating and exploring complex new material. The main theme of both of her works is the endless, overflowing nature of Godâ€™s love and the limitless comfort that can be drawn from such unconditional love.