J is for Julian of Norwich
Julian was a writer and mystic who lived from 1342 to c. 1429. She was the first woman to write a book in English, and she did this while living as an anchoress/hermit in a small room attached to St Julian’s Church. The cell had windows, through which she could speak to the many people who came to her for comfort and advice.
The cell was pulled down during the reformation, but rebuilt after the second world war, and is now a place of pilgrimage for many.
Although Julian lived a solitary life of prayer and contemplation she would have had a cat for company and mouse control. Julian’s most famous saying is “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.
“I was privileged to see her cell
where she announced ‘All shall be well’.”