The book of margery kempe oxford worlds classics margery kempe anthony bale on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers alas that i ever did sin it is so merry in heaven the book of margery kempe c 1436 8 is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife. Reviewed by harriet margery kempe c1373 after 1439 was an extraordinary woman and this is an extraordinary book its often referred to as the first autobiography to be written in the english language but technically its not an autobiography since margery probably could neither read nor write or chose not to do either. The book of margery kempe margery kempe translated by anthony bale oxford worlds classics a lively new translation of one of the most important texts of the middle ages and the first surviving autobiography in english with full supporting editorial material. He has also edited and translated several medieval texts and has recently published a new translation and edition of the book of margery kempe with oxford university press his current work explores travel and pilgrimage between england and the holy land in the later middle ages. The book of margery kempe is a medieval text by margery kempe that was first published in 1501
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