I've just finished this book, and I'm struggling for anything to say other than LOVE LOVE LOVE. Not desperately academic, I know, but still.
Saints are awesome generally but Julian really is my kind of saint. Look, she has a cat. All she needs is a mug of tea next to her.
I was maybe a teensy bit irritated by her habit of numbering absolutely everything off, but I love how she strove for clarity. It was so refreshing, though: my heart always does a little dance when I find someone who sees the Christian faith for what it is - love. It's all about love. Who says no to love?
I mention Julian at a university cell meeting once. A girl called Emily screwed up her nose and said, "She's dodge." So I was kind of prepared for some pretty hefty heresy. I know that Julian's perspective wasn't entirely in line with Catholic dogma of the time but she's always rattling on about the "Holy Church." I wonder if she was seen as a heretic. I'll find out next term, I imagine.
I don't think Julian's dodge. I think she's largely right. And it was exciting to see so much of what I'm going for in a Medieval anchorite. The church changes, but the truth doesn't. I like that.
She also has a website. Amazing to think that even anchorite's cells have internet these days.