i) Julian of Norwith
In the 14th and 15th Centuries, in a cell attached to the riverside church of St. Julian in Norwich, lived an anchorite who we know as Mother Julian. She was the first women to write a book in English and it is still print!
The Revelations of Divine Love is a spiritual classic with theological ideas that still surprise and challenge. Anna Dimascio’s study for glass doors (above) is a reflection on Mother Julian’s words ” Our beloved mother, Jesus, feeds us with himself.”
ii) Edith Cavell
Edith Cavell, who is buried at Norwich Cathedral , was a pioneer nurse and educator who grew up in Swardeston Vicarage. Shot for helping allied prisoners escape from occupied Belgium during the First World War, she remembered is as a saint, as much for her manner of death, as for a life well lived.
Reflecting on life and death in her, on the night before she was executed, she realised that “ patriotism is not enough. I must have no hate or bitterness for anyone.”
There is an Edith Cavell Pilgrimage trail linking Swardeston Vicarage with the Cathedral.