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Much of the research into medieval anchoritism to date has focused primarily on its liminal and elite status within the socio-religious cultures of its day: the anchorite has long been depicted as both solitary and alone, almost entirely removed from community and living a life of permanent withdrawal and isolation, in effect dead to the world. Considerably less attention has been afforded to the communal sociability that also formed part of the reclusive life during the period, The essays in this volume, stemming from a variety of cross-disciplinary approaches and methodologies, lay down a challenge to this position, breaking new ground in their presentation of the medieval anchorite and other types of enclosed solitary as playing a central role within the devotional life of the communities in which they were embedded. They attest also to the frequent involvement of anchorites and other recluses in local, national and, sometimes, international matters of importance. Overall, the volume suggests that, far from operating on the socio-religious periphery, as posited previously, the medieval anchorite was more often found at the heart of a sometimes intersecting array of communities: synchronic and diachronic; physical and metaphysical; religious and secular; gendered and textual. Cate Gunn has taught in the Continuing Education and Literature Departments of the University of Essex; Liz Herbert McAvoy is Professor of Medieval Literature at Swansea University. Contributors: Diana Denissen, Clare Dowding, Clarck Drieshen, Cate Gunn, Catherine Innes-Parker, E.A. Jones, Dorothy Kim, Liz Herbert McAvoy, Godelinde Perk, James Plumtree, Michelle Sauer, Sophie Sawicka-Sykes, Andrew Thornton OSB,

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843844624
Publisher: Boydell UK
Publication date: 06/16/2017
Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion Series , #45
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Liz Herbert Mc Avoy and Cate Gunn
'O Sely Ankir!' - E.A. Jones
The Anchoress of Colne Priory: A Solitary in Community - Cate Gunn
Anchorites in their Heavenly Communities - Sophie Sawicka-Sykes
Rule Within Rule, Cell Within Cloister: Grimlaicus's Regula Solitariorum - Andrew Thornton
English Nuns as 'Anchoritic Intercessors' for Souls in Purgatory: The Employment of A Revelation of Purgatory by Late Medieval English Nunneries for Their Lay Communities - Clarck Drieshen
'In anniversaries of ower leoveste freond seggeth alle nihene': Anchorites, Chantries and Purgatorial Patronage in Medieval England - Michelle M. Sauer
'Item receyvyd of ye Anker': The Relationships between a Parish and its Anchorites as seen through the Churchwardens' Accounts - Clare Dowding
The Curious Incident of the Hermit in Fisherton - James Plumtree
Was Julian's nightmare a Mare? Julian of Norwich and the Vernacular Community of Storytellers - Godelinde Gertrude Perk
Anchoritic Textual Communities and the Wooing Group Prayers - Catherine Innes-Parker
The Anchoress Transformed: On wel swuðe god ureisun of God almihti and þe wohunge of ure lauerd in the Fourteenth-Century A Talkyng of the Love of God - Diana Denissen
Ancrene Wisse and the Egerton Hours - Dorothy Kim

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