One such woman was Margery Kempe, a fifteenth-century visionary who was widely criticized as being a heretic and worshipper of Satan. Kempe set aside her roles as wife and mother to pursue what she felt was her true calling: preaching God's Word. Labeled a religious mystic by some, Margery was a highly controversial figure in late medieval England. Not only was her public behavior deemed ridiculous and motivated by evil, but she broke the rules of proper conduct for women in the Middle Ages, reversing power roles and defying societal expectations. From a vain, materialistic young girl in an upper middle-class household to a loud, confrontational (and often annoying) woman who drew much attention and criticism through her public displays of grief, Margery experienced much opposition and created controversy at all levels in late medieval society.
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