Julian of Norwich was an English mystic who began reporting visions of Jesus during a serious illness. After recovering in 1373, she wrote accounts of her experience. Her Revelations of Divine Love is remarkable for its clarity, beauty, and profundity and is believed to be the first book written in English by a woman. Though Julian lived in a time of plagues and peasant revolts, her theology was optimistic and focused on God's compassionate love. What was her most controversial belief?
Back in the day
One of the largest and severest tornado outbreaks in US history, the Enigma Outbreak of 1884 consisted of at least 50 and possibly more than 60 tornados that tore across 10 states over a 15-hour period. In addition to the question of exactly how many tornados touched down during the outbreak, there are the "enigmas" of precisely how many people died—estimates range from 178 to 1,200—and the extent of the property damage sustained. Best estimates place the figure at how many millions of dollars?
Born on a day like today
McCullers, born Lula Carson Smith, was an aspiring pianist until she was partly paralyzed by a series of strokes in her early twenties, complications stemming from misdiagnosed rheumatic fever in her adolescence. She went on to study writing instead, publishing her first—and perhaps finest—novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, when she was just 23. It, like many of her works, draws upon her Southern background and explores themes of loss and isolation. Who starred in its film adaptation?