By G. C. Thornley, Gwyneth Roberts
A survey of the English prose, poetry and drama of serious Britain and eire from earliest occasions to the Nineteen Eighties.
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In one of his early works, Denys declares: Writing . . ” 27 In spite of the eremetic life of the Carthusians, who were not allowed to leave their monastery except if “particular circumstances dictate[d] otherwise,” communications with other orders, as well as patrons, was not strictly forbidden. 28 6 P E R I L O U S PA S S AG E S Books were at the center of their contemplative life, and, though visitors were carefully restricted, the Carthusian houses of England “industriously” made books to use in house and for a kind of commerce among charterhouses and with other religious.
The name of the scribe who asks forr T H E C A RT H U SI A N CON N EC T ION 9 Christ’s blessing at the end of the manuscript is clearly written as Salthows. ”40 But this dating puts this family in Lynn only afterr 1477, more than a generation after the priest revised and wrote down Kempe’s effusions and Salthows copied it. 42 It was also the priest who “gan to writyn in þe ӡer of owr Lord m lo. 44 By this time, Kempe’s first “book” had been made by the “Englyschman [from] Dewchland” who came to see Margery with his “wyf & a chyld” and who died after “he had wretyn as mech as sche wold tellyn hym for þe tym þat þei wer to-gydder” (4/5–6, 10–11).
Benedict revealed “two elements . . in the life of St. 8 Their love of one book, The Book of Margery Kempe, would make possible at least five perilous passages beginning with its removal from the charterhouse at Mount Grace in North Yorkshire to the London Carthusians. The Book of Margery Kempee might have remained perpetually in the hands of Carthusian monks in Yorkshire and London had T H E C A RT H U SI A N CON N EC T ION 3 King Henry VIII not seen fit to begin to dismantle the English monastic communities in the 1530s.