Text name The Book of Margery Kempe File name cmkempe-m4 Manuscript Ms. in possession of Butler-Bowdon family Date c1450 (probably before) Dialect East Midlands (Lynn, Norfolk?) Genre Religious treatise Edition Meech, Sanford B. and Hope E. Allen. 1940. The Book of Margery Kempe, Vol. 1. EETS O.S. 212. London: Oxford University Press. Sample Pp. 1-154, 221-232 Remarks
Margery Kempe was born in 1373. She was apparently illiterate, and her book was actually written by two amanuenses, the first an Englishman long resident in Germany, and the second, a priest. The whole was then copied by a scribe, Salthows. According to Meech, the linguistic patterns are those of the priest, whose origin is unknown although he was resident in Lynn, Norfolk. The language of the book is similar to Norfolk in the phonological patterns but not so much in the morphology.
File name CMKEMPE Text identifier M4 IR RELT KEMPE Text name MKEMPE Author KEMPE MARGERY Period M4 Date of original 1420-1500 Date of manuscript 1420-1500 Contemporaneity CONTEMP Dialect EMO Verse or prose PROSE Text type REL TREAT Relationship to foreign original X Foreign original X Relationship to spoken language WRITTEN Sex of author FEMALE Age of author X Social rank of author X Audience description X Participant relationship X Interaction X Setting X Prototypical text category INSTR REL Sample SAMPLE X