Born at Lynn in Norfolk in about 1373, Margery married and
had fourteen children. After she had received several
visions, she and her husband went on a pilgimage to
Canterbury. Her fervent denunciations of all pleasure
aroused stiff opposition and she was accused of Lollardy.
In 1413 she and her husband took vows of chastity before the
Bishop of Lincoln. She also made a pilgrimage to the Holy
Land. The Book of Margery Kempe, which is almost the sole
source of information about the author, describes her
travels and mystical experiences. It also shows her
closeness to the passion of Christ for the sins of the
world. The last reference to her is on a pilgrimage to
Danzig in 1433.
Margery Kempe, Mystic, c.1440