The Strange But True Story of Margery Kempe

December 27, 2015

Margery Kempe was one of the world's most famous Christian mystics - a medieval pilgrim with a penchant for uncontrollable sobbing. Her memoir is considered the first autobiography in English. But for all of her renown, she remains a controversial figure - sometimes accused of being a whiner and a fake. Medievalist Anthony Bale tells her remarkable story.