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Medieval King's Lynn feminist Margery Kempe gets a Portuguese tribute

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Margery Kempe, who was born in King's Lynn (known back then as Bishop's Lynn) circa 1373, has a new statue that has been unveiled in the Portuguese province of Góis.

The sculpture was donated by the Portuguese municipality of Góis and is located in the roundabout of A Foca.

The Mayor visits Margery Kempe / image credit: COMPOSTELAS24HORAS.COM (44232778)
The Mayor visits Margery Kempe / image credit: COMPOSTELAS24HORAS.COM (44232778)

The inauguration was attended by the president of the Municipal Chamber of Góis, María Lurdes Oliveira; the mayor of Oroso, Manuel Mirás; Councilor Isabel Fernández, and Councilor Luis Rey.

Margery, who was seen as controversial and somewhat disliked in her home town of Lynn was a revolutionary feminist who was outspoken about taboo subjects such as sexuality.

The mother of 14 felt the call to spread the word of God and challenged bishops on their authority, after taking a vow of chastity alongside her husband.

Picture for the Margery Kempe Feature. (44232072)
Picture for the Margery Kempe Feature. (44232072)

She was often welcomed when travelling abroad and is seen in Portugal as a religious pilgrim.

She came from one of the most prosperous and influential families in Lynn and used her social influence to break into the male dominated world of religion and theology.

Margery was born into one of the most turbulent periods in the history of England, it has been called the age of adversity and anxiety; ominously the century had begun with wide-spread famine throughout Europe including England.

This was a Century marked by long wars, plague, taxes, insurrection bad government, religious persecution and martyrdom

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