Dr. Chappell's New Publication
On December 27, 1934, the American scholar Hope Emily Allen announced in The Times the reappearance of a late medieval manuscript called The Book of Margery Kempe. Dr. Julie A. Chappell’s monograph, Perilous Passages: The Book of Margery Kempe, 1534-1934, explores the various paths by which this late medieval manuscript made its way out of a monastery in Yorkshire during Henry VIII's religious reformation to the home of a family of deep English and Catholic roots in the twentieth century. Chappell reveals new evidence that implicates the Carthusians as conscious preservers of this manuscript between 1534 and 1537 and significantly furthers understanding of the ways in which the unique autobiography of Margery Kempe, lay woman turned mystic and visionary, was interpreted. Dr. E. Ann Matter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania has called Chappell’s book, a “carefully researched and intellectually imaginative book” and deems that it will be “of interest to scholars of medieval Christianity in many fields, from material culture to women's studies, to theology.” Dr. Chappell's book will be released by Palgrave Macmillan on September 19, 2013.