Synopses & Reviews
The late Eileen Power, a noted medievalist, wrote: "For history, after all, is valuable only insofar as it lives." Julian's Cell is history brought to life through the storyteller's art. It takes place in fourteenth-century England and is an earthy tale of a girl who is married at age sixteen, but loses her husband and two children during the great plagues. She has visions of the passion of Christ and becomes an anchorite, "buried alive" in a cell attached to St. Julian's church. Ultimately she becomes known as Mother Julian or Julian of Norwich, the first woman to write in the English language and one of the greatest Christian theologians and mystics of all time.
Most books on Julian tend to be academic studies of her writing or translations of her work. This is a unique attempt to imagine her life as it could have been and revive her still-relevant spiritual odyssey.
Julian's Cell is a unique work of historical fiction, an attempt to imagine Julian of Norwich's life as it could have been. This is the earthy story of "Katherine" - daughter of a stern and bitter mother. Married at age 16 to Walter, she loses both her children and her husband during the great plagues. She has visions of the passion of Christ and becomes an anchorite - she is "buried alive" in a cell attached to St. Julian's church to lead a life devoted to prayer and spiritual counsel. Today she is known as Mother Julian, or Julian of Norwich, the first woman to write in the English language, and one of the greatest Christian theologians and mystics of all time.
About the Author
Dr. Ralph Milton is one of Canada's best-known religious communicators, and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from St. Stephen's College, Edmonton. He also has an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology. A former news broadcaster, open line host and church administrator, Milton is the author of 17 books including the bestselling Family Story Bible; Angels in Red Suspenders; and Julian's Cell, a novel based on the life of Julian of Norwich. On the Internet, Ralph Milton publishes the popular e-zine Rumors, which uses liberal doses of humour and story to communicate a lively faith. Co-founder of Wood Lake Publishing, Ralph Milton lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, with his wife and friend of 50 years, Beverley, a retired church minister. Together, they remain the ever-proud grandparents of Zoë and Jake.