“Salthows” or Salthouse has long been acknowledged as the scribe of the unique surviving manuscript of The Book of Margery Kempe. This article proposes a detailed biographical background of Salthouse, identified as Richard Salthouse of Norwich. The connections between Salthouse, Kempe, and the city of Norwich are explored, to deepen our understanding of the context in which Kempe's reputation developed and the context in which the manuscript of the The Book of Margery Kempe was written.
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