Veronica Mary Rolf
"Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich"
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (12:00pm) Harrison Institute, University of Virginia
Over six hundred years ago, in an enclosure attached to a church in Norwich, England, a woman known only as Julian wrote a book detailing sixteen mystical encounters with Christ on the cross. At the time few women could read or write, and the writing or teaching of theology by “unlettered” lay people in the vernacular was strictly forbidden. Despite the immediate and long-term improbabilities, Julian’s Revelations endured and her theological insights and spiritual direction are now compared to those of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.
But who really was Julian of Norwich? And what are we to make of her visionary experiences and writings? To answer these questions, Veronica Mary Rolf draws on her extensive research to reconstruct the life, times, and writings of one of Christianity’s most extraordinary voices.
All are invited to this midday Virginia Festival of the Book talk and book signing.