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Julian of Norwich: Four Studies to Commemorate the Sixth Centenary of the Revelations of Divine Love

Author: A. M. Allchin

Author: Sister Benedicta Ward SLG

Author: Sister Eileen Mary SLG

Author: Barbara Bishop

Arthur MacDonald Allchin (1930-2010), best known as Donald Allchin, was ordained priest in 1957 and later became a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He first gained recognition as a writer with ‘The Silent Rebellion’, a study of the nineteenth-century recovery of the monastic life in the Anglican Church. He was Warden for many years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God and the Society of the Sacred Cross at Tymawr. His interests in ecumenism and in the language, religion and culture of Wales were reflected in his becoming Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford 1987-94 and subsequently an honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales in Bangor.

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She teaches spirituality in the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has written a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and is one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede and St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

Sister Eileen Mary SLG (1921-99) entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1952 and in her latter years lived an eremitical way of life at the Community’s Bede House in Kent. She was a member of the ecumenical Columbanus Community of Reconciliation in Belfast from 1983 to 1989. As Sister Eileen Lyddon, she wrote ‘Door Through Darkness: St John of the Cross and Mysticism in Everyday Life’ (New City, 1994).

Barbara Bishop lives in retirement in Virginia, USA. Under the name of Sister Mary Paul, she was a member for a number of years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

This book of four essays, first published in 1973, provides an introduction and companion to the study of the fourteenth-century ‘Revelations of Divine Love’ by Julian of Norwich. The meaning of the Revelations for those who are living a contemplative life today is explored through reflections on Julian’s place in English literature and the tradition of Christian prayer.


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