Who is Julian?
Our Teaching School Hub is named after Lady Julian of Norwich, author of ‘Revelations of Divine Love’, thought to be the first published book by a woman in the English language.
Little is known about Julian of Norwich, even her original name. An anchorite, she lived for many years in a single cell, situated in the centre of mediaeval Norwich. Her curtained window offered people the opportunity to speak with her and learn from her. By writing her Revelations of Divine Love in English rather than Latin, Julian was part of a broader movement towards sharing ideas with as many people as wished to read them. For a woman to write at all in this era was dangerous, but write she did.
She was undoubtedly a trailblazer, and someone who took great risks because she believed that knowledge and education were a gift to which everyone was entitled, not just the privileged few. She also overcame significant personal challenges, from which we draw inspiration. We see our designation as being something for all schools in our region, in line with our Trust’s mission statement (click to read) that “we serve through partnerships, reaching out to other schools to explore new approaches, develop best practice, and provide support”.
All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well. For there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.
Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich