The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich

The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich


Revelations of Divine Love, by the 14th-century Christian mystic Julian of Norwich, is a beautiful and remarkable text. The first book ever written in English known to be by a woman, it’s a stunning and brave contemplation of a loving and motherly god, remarkable for many reasons.

The story of its survival is also astonishing. Repressed for centuries, the brave dedication of a group of English and French nuns who ensured it survival makes for a riveting tale – which makes the slightly breathy solipsism of presenter Dr Janina Ramirez a trifle disappointing. She tells the story with clarity and expertise, but focuses a little too much on the book’s impact on her personally.


Historian Dr Janina Ramirez tells the story of the first book written in English by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich. The book was written in 1373 and presents an alternative viewpoint on man's relationship with God, which led to it being suppressed for more than 500 years. She travels from Norwich to Cambrai in Northern France, revealing how the book survived and the stories of women who championed it, and consults with academics and theologians about the book's importance.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dr Janina Ramirez
Director Sally-Anne Lomas
Editor Jonathan Flowers
Executive Producer Fiona Ryder
Executive Producer Andrea Cornes
Producer Sally-Anne Lomas
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