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HERE for students is the original text of the strange

book of the fifteenth-century mystic from King's Lynn, which was published a few years ago by Messrs. Jonathan Cape in a modernised version by the owner of the MS., Colonel Butler-Bowdon. Morbid, hysterical, a nuisance to the Ecclesiastical authorities with her visions and her upbraidings, with the arrogance of woman who believed that she had been mystically married to God, with the occasional flashes of what seem genuine enlighten- ment and at the same time all about her the smell of brim. stone, she is part of that terrifying world which seems to be awaiting Calvin as the expression of its deepest convictions.