New light on the scribe(s) of The Book of Margery Kempe | University of Oxford

New light on the scribe(s) of The Book of Margery Kempe

Anthony Bale
17:15
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG

Lecture Theatre

Lectures and seminars
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The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1436) is often described as ‘the first autobiography in the English language’. However, the question of who wrote it has bedeviled the Book since its composition; at least four people had a hand in composing the Book, as described in its proem. In this lecture, Anthony Bale will revisit the question of the Book’s authorship, and consider the role of one Richard Salthouse, the scribe of the surviving manuscript.

The lecture will follow the OBS AGM, which will begin at 4:30 p.m.