Traditionally, the feminist movement in England is dated at the threshold of the eighteenth century. A close reading of
The Book of Margery Kempe has revealed irrefutable evidence of much earlier roots. To her reputation as a minor mystic and the author of the first autobiography in the English language can be added a greater claim.
The Book, Margery Kempe's record of her struggle for self-definition, demands inclusion among the serious contributions to feminist literature.
Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Paris, Wien, 1994. 220 pp.
Contents: Comparison of the writings of the contemporaries: Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe - Search for successors to
Margery Kempe's achievement - Comparison of the writings of Mary Astell (hitherto designated the «first feminist») with The
Book of Margery Kempe.