Margery Kempe
ID:
 
1542
 
Alternate Name:
 
Margery Brunham
 
Birth Date:
 
ca. 1373
 
Death Date:
 
ca. 1438
 
Country:
 
England
 
Region:
 
Norfolk
 
Town:
 
King's Lynn
 
Family:
 

Maiden name was Brunham.

 
Father:
 
John Brunham, mayor and MP of King's Lynn
 
Spouse:
 
John Kempe
 
Children:
 

14 children.

 
Education:
 

Illiterate.

 
Social Status:
 

Daughter of a burgess.

 
Ecclesiastical Relationships:
 

Controversial figure often accused of heresy (specifically Lollardy) by ecclesiastical authorities. During the years 1413-1420, she visited several major ecclesiastical figures including NULL, the Archbishop of Canterbury Henry Chichele (ca. 1364- April 12, 1443), and the Bishop of Lincoln Phillip Repygndon (who was later accused of heresy for his Wycliffite beliefs). In 1416, she traveled to Rome where she stayed at the Venerable English College. Her primary confessor was Master Robert Spryngolde, a priest of Lynn.

 
Literary Works:
  
Brief Profile:
 

At the age of 35, Margery claimed to have a visionary experience that led her to vow chastity and devote her life to teaching the word of God. Beginning in 1413, she started her travels throughout Europe to holy spots such as Rome and Jerusalem. From 1413 to 1415, she made a pilgrimage to Rome. In 1417, she traveled to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. During the 1420s, she had a scribe begin documenting her travels and life. In 1433, she traveled to Germany and Norway; during this period, her first scribe died and in 1436, her second priest-scribe had finished editing her story. Margery died in around 1438 and left her book The Book of Margery Kempe as a record of her life.

 
Contributor:
 
Alyssa Gjedsted