'I was completely hooked and considerably moved by the life and thoughts of this exceptional woman'
- JEREMY IRONS
'It is as if we have finally found the lost autobiography of one of the medieval world's most important women.'
- JANINA RAMIREZ
'A beautiful, intensely moving achievement'
- A.N. WILSON
In 1347, the first pestilence rages across the land. The young Julian of Norwich encounters the strangeness of death: first her father, then later her husband and her child. When she falls ill herself, she encounters mystical visions that bring comfort and concern. But in the midst of suspicion and menace, when the Church is actively condemning heretics, Julian is not safe.
I, Julian is the account of a medieval woman who dares to tell her own story.
Battling grief, plague, the church and societal expectations, and compelled by her powerful visions, Julian finds a way to live a life of freedom - as an anchoress, bricked up in a small room on the side of a church. Helped by Thomas, a Benedictine monk from Norwich Cathedral, she writers of what she has seen and offers word of counsel to others. Julian's manuscripts are protected by trusted sisters and are passed from hand to hand, become the first book to be written by a woman in English.
Tender, luminous, meditative and powerful, this is a powerful fictional retelling of the life of Julian of Norwich - the mother, mystic and radical.