The 'soule' crux in Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love


Since the publication of Edmund Colledge and James Walsh's edition of Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love in 1978, scholars have followed the editors' lead in interpreting the word 'soule' in chapter 6 of the Long Text as 'cooked, digested food', and therefore read the passage as a description of excretion. The passage's context, together with a closer look at the word derived from OE sufol, indicates that the intended word is more likely to be 'soul' (OE saáwol). Rather than excretion, the passage appears to describe death. © 2004 Oxford University Press.

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Review of English Studies