Anchoritism in the Middle Ages: Texts and Traditions

    This volume explores medieval anchoritism the life of a solitary religious recluse from a variety of perspectives. The individual essays conceive anchoritism in broadly interpretive categories: challenging perceived notions of the very concept of anchoritic 'rule' and guidance; studying the interaction between language and linguistic forms; addressing the connection between anchoritism and other forms of solitude particularly in European tales of sanctity; and exploring the influence of anchoritic literature on lay devotion. As a whole, the volume illuminates the richness and fluidity of anchoritic texts and contexts and shows how anchoritism pervaded the spirituality of the Middle Ages, for lay and religious alike. It moves through both space and time, ranging from the third century to the sixteenth, from England to the Continent and back.

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    Number of Pages: 256
    Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9780708326022
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    Listed in: Medieval history, History of religion, Christian communities & monasticism
    Publisher: University of Wales Press

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