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Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe Paperback – June 23, 2014
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“A work of scholarship and the imagination.” — Bloomberg News
“A fascinating work. The trials, pilgrimages, weeping, and relentless uproar that surrounded Kempe are all very much brought to life by MacDonald, a gifted writer and story-teller. All very believable, and even inspiring. If you want a very different summer read, quick and engaging, about someone important, about something important, you should pick up Skirting Heresy.” — National Review
“Elizabeth MacDonald has done us a genuine service in recovering and translating into a modern, page-turning narrative this very unusual story of a world which was rent by conflicts very like those we face today.” — Aleteia
"Elizabeth MacDonald is a gifted reporter — her ability to weave passion and truth together shines in Skirting Heresy. MacDonald’s account of Margery Kempe’s life is a compelling must-read story for religious readers and history buffs alike.” — Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
“One of the best historical narratives I’ve read in a long time. Elizabeth MacDonald has skillfully delivered a gripping, bold new take on a captivating historical figure, Margery Kempe, a story that shows what was happening in Catholic England before Joan of Arc was executed.” —Larry Kudlow, anchor, CNBC
“Elizabeth MacDonald’s story about Margery Kempe is an amazing historical perspective of a fascinating character that reads like a mystery you can’t put down, full of passion and intrigue. I loved learning more about Margery—a strong medieval woman of faith taking a stand for what she believed in against all odds.”
—Gretchen Carlson, host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
An engrossing and important revival of a timeless life story, of an heroic woman, Margery Kempe. MacDonald, like her subject, is a truth teller in the modern sense, ever eager to shine a light on what needs to be known.”— RealClearMarkets
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Of course, I thought it would be a business book, but to my surprise it was a non-fiction piece about the life and times of a saint of the Anglican church -- Margery Kempe.
I won't spoil it for you, I'll just say it was fantastic. Emac is a great writer and her descriptions transport you back in time to old English towns and to the landscapes of the Holy Land and Rome. You really feel bad not only for poor Margery but for her husband and the townspeople who had to put up with her eccentric behavior--the constant weeping and preaching.
I'll close by saying this. We live in a world where people entertain themselves by playing video games and watching visual fx-laden movies. Elizabeth MacDonald's writing reminds us that a well-written story can entertain us in our imagination, far better than visual eye candy.
network I was anxious to read her book.
I know her as brilliant, yet down to earth.
I found her fictionalized story of the saint Margery Kempe
both interesting and amusing. What a character Margery was,
the mother of 14 children and yet a saint of the Anglican church.
She was well painted as a real person by MacDonald.
Her marriage discord, her annoying habits and her obnoxious,
overbearing, emotional preaching and weeping drove people nuts.
Kempe's English village and later her pilgrimage group to
the Holy Land became exasperated with her. Even in
15th century England Margery was a contradiction.
Today I fear that this, emotional woman known for
seeing visions would have been diagnosed schizophrenic.
Margery's 2,000 mile trip to the Holy Land was unbelievable!
Her husband stayed home and kept the 14 children, maybe he
was a saint also! She took only her maid. The Holy Land trip was
amazing. When Margery saw the city of Jerusalem she fell off
her donkey in a faint. Throughout her life, even into old age,
she was ostracized, banned, and shunned for her weeping and
loud display of reverence and love of Jesus.
I see the author's respect and adoration for Margery Kemp.
However, MacDonald's sense of humor shines through every paragraph.
All I knew about the English Reformation period was that in 1492
Columbus sailed the ocean blue---to take escaping pilgrims to America.
The setting for this story was informative of the medieval time in history.
The facts of Margery Kempe were fully told but in a delightful and
HOW DID MARGERY CONTINUE HER MOST UNUSUAL JOURNEY, PRACTICALLY UNSCATHED? WAS IT DEVINE PROVIDENCE AS SHE CLAIMED? THERE ARE MANY MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. THIS READER WAS DRAWN TO THE POSSIBILITIES.
IN "SKIRTING HERESY", MACDONALD RELATES THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF MARGERY IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU FEEL THE WRATH AND PASSION OF HER CALLING. MARGERYS' COURAGE AND HER ABILITY TO ACT ON HER FAITH IN THE FACE OF THE POWERFUL CATHOLIC CHURCH, CRYS OUT.
THE REFORMATION STARTS HERE. J HAMER
A GREAT READ, I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.
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