Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Frances Underhill
Dr. Frances Gregory
There are few today who would consider Margery Kempe as an individual displaying characteristics of a normal, well-adjusted person. As a woman and representative of her era, Margery is atypical. In W. A. Pantin's words: "Margery was of course abnormal in several ways, but she was an abnormal specimen of what was a large and familiar class of devout lay people...," one whose spiritual experiences were realized in the fifteenth century, but who is a fourteenth-century product. As a mystic, David Knowles evaluates her as the "less highly respectable Margery Kempe." Among her townsmen her identity is not especially clear, for while a few are regarding her as a saint, the majority are finding her hypocritical and a nuisance.
Taylor, Mary Marshall, "The case of Margery Kempe" (1971). Honors Theses. 767.