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Anchoritism in the Middle Ages : Texts and Traditions, Paperback / softback Book

Anchoritism in the Middle Ages : Texts and Traditions Paperback / softback

Edited by Catherine Innes-Parker, Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages, No
  • Publisher: University of Wales Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Medieval history
  • ISBN: 9780708326022



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