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TV historian's new book launch on Julian of Norwich 

Historian, author and television presenter Dr Janina Ramirez will launch her new book on the life and times of Julian of Norwich at a free event in Norwich Cathedral on November 4.

Medieval art historian and television presenter Dr Janina Ramirez will launch her new book ‘Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History’ in the nave of Norwich Cathedral on Friday, November 4 at 7pm-8.30pm

Dr Janina Ramirez, an Oxford University historian, recently presented the BBC 4 documentary, ‘In Search of the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich’ broadcast in July which was directed by Norfolk Christian Sally-Anne Lomas.

This new book, published by SPCK Publishing, is a historical introduction to Julian of Norwich, exploring the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context of her life and writings, and considers how those factors affected the way she was initially received. It asks what was her impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with her?

At the launch Janina will be discussing what we know about Julian of Norwich, and why she believes the Mother of English literature deserves to be seen as the female Chaucer or the female Thomas More.

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, about the 14th century mystic Julian, Dr Ramirez said: “She is a remarkable mind and her voice is just so distinctive and so unlike anything else that went before or came after.”

She continued: “I don’t know of anything better that’s been written to help us through difficult times.  We need people to tell us that all shall be well. She was not fully of her time, she is not fully of ours; her words resonate across the centuries to all people.”

Dr Ramirez said: “I know the people of Norwich hold Julian close to their hearts, and they are right to do so.  She is your local saint, and not just a saint but a scholar and a genius.  Talk about her, read about her, spread her name to everyone you can.”

The book launch at Norwich Cathedral is an open event and free to attend with copies of the book available at a discount on the night to buy and to have signed.

Quoted extracts have been taken from an interview of Dr Janina Ramirez by Rowan Martell for the EDP published on Tuesday, October 18.   

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