Julian's Cell is a unique work of historical fiction, an attempt to imagine Julian of Norwich's life as it could have been. This is the earthy story of "Katherine" - daughter of a stern and bitter mother. Married at age 16 to Walter, she loses both her children and her husband during the great plagues. She has visions of the passion of Christ and becomes an anchorite - she is "buried alive" in a cell attached to St. Julian's church to lead a life devoted to prayer and spiritual counsel. Today she is known as Mother Julian, or Julian of Norwich, the first woman to write in the English language, and one of the greatest Christian theologians and mystics of all time.
|Publisher:||Wood Lake Publishing Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Dr. Ralph Milton is one of Canada's best-known religious communicators, and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from St. Stephen's College, Edmonton. He also has an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology. A former news broadcaster, open line host and church administrator, Milton is the author of 17 books including the bestselling Family Story Bible; Angels in Red Suspenders; and Julian's Cell, a novel based on the life of Julian of Norwich. On the Internet, Ralph Milton publishes the popular e-zine Rumors, which uses liberal doses of humour and story to communicate a lively faith. Co-founder of Wood Lake Publishing, Ralph Milton lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, with his wife and friend of 50 years, Beverley, a retired church minister. Together, they remain the ever-proud grandparents of Zoe and Jake.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two or three years ago I had never heard of an anchorite or an anchoress. Then I read Katherine by Anya Seton in which our heroine visits Julian of Norwich. Then earlier this year I read The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease and in that novel Julian of Norwich has a pretty important secondary role. I became fascinated with the concept of an anchorage, the idea that a woman would "entomb" herself in a small cell attached to a church and dedicate herself to a solitary life of prayer, meditation, and counseling. Julian of Norwich was the first woman to write a book in the English language, criticized by the established church, yet loved and revered by the people of Norwich. I ordered Julian's Cell, fully expecting it to be rather dry and possibly boring. I was surprised at how readable this story was. The author plainly admits, up front, that the book is fiction, in that nearly nothing is known about Julian's life prior to becoming an anchoress; but Dr. Milton incorporates her writings in such a way as to make it all believable, and entertaining, yet exceedingly thought-provoking. Julian believed totally in a loving God, compared God's love to a mother's love for her children. She even refered to a "Mother God", as well as the accepted God as a Father. She believed the Bible should be available to the common people, and that all people have the right to pray directly to God. These concepts were threatening to the established church, to its male priests and bishops. I was awed by Julian's widsom and courage. I'm so glad I read this book.