“The writyng of this tretys”: Margery Kempe’s Son and the Authorship of Her Book

  title={“The writyng of this tretys”: Margery Kempe’s Son and the Authorship of Her Book},
  author={Sebastian Sobecki},
  journal={Studies in the Age of Chaucer},
  pages={257 - 283}
THE AUTHORSHIP OF The Book of Margery Kempe (henceforth The Book) has been the subject of much debate ever since the sole manuscript copy of the text was identified by Hope Emily Allen in 1934.1 This [End Page 257] article presents two pieces of new evidence relating to Margery Kempe’s son and to Robert Spryngolde, her confessor. The first item, a letter prepared for her son in Danzig (modern Gdansk) in 1431, discloses the son’s name and the reasons for his journey to Lynn.2 This information… 
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