Julian of Norwich

West Door of Norwich Cathedral

Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich

West Door of Norwich Cathedral

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written by: Sarah Perry
animated by: Olivia Colman

"I recall sitting in Norwich cathedral the day I moved here and being full of a sense of belonging. Julian's statue was part of that - she seems to be waiting by the door for people to come in - so I jumped at the chance to be part of a project giving her a voice. And of course, all women writers owe something of a debt to the author of the first book in English known to have been published by a woman, which made it particularly special."

Sarah Perry

Artist: David Holgate

Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416) is best known through her book, The Revelations of Divine Love, which is widely acknowledged as a classic text concerning spiritual life. She is thought to have been the first woman to write a book in English which has survived to the present day. It concerns her near death experience whereupon she received sixteen visions, or ‘showings’ of Christ, and the insight and learnings she received from these experiences. Julian took her name from St. Julian’s Church in Norwich, where she lived as an anchoress for much of her adult life and where she wrote the book.

Julian’s words, with her lyrical prose, her positivity and focus on love continue to have appeal to modern day Christians and readers alike. Many people make the pilgrimage to Norwich to visit both her statue and her shrine.

See more of Julian at the Cathedral by visiting her image in the window in the Chapel of Our Lady of Pity, in the Bauchon Chapel.

Learn more about Julian of Norwich by visiting her Shrine at St Julian’s Church, or by visiting www.juliancentre.org