Some 20 years later she produced a longer version, the ‘Long Text’, which includes her reflections on the meaning of the visions. The work as a whole is knows as ‘Revelations of Divine Love’. At some point Julian became an anchoress, living in a cell in the wall of St Julian’s Church in Norwich and following the rule of St Benedict. It was by the name of this church that she became known.
After years of pondering the meaning of her “shewings” she received the answer: “You would know our Lord’s meaning in this thing! Know it well. Love was his meaning. Who showed it to you? Love. What did he show you? Love. Why did he show you? For love.” For some centuries her work was lost but since its re-discovery it has become recognised as a spiritual masterpiece. Dame Julian died in about 1417. Her ‘day’ is 8th May.