Reading Medieval Anchoritism
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Reading Medieval Anchoritism

Ideology and Spiritual Practices

Mari Hughes-Edwards (Author)

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Medieval anchorites willingly embraced the most extreme form of solitude known to the medieval world, so they might forge a closer connection with God. Yet to be physically enclosed within the same four walls for life required strength far beyond most medieval Christians. This book explores the English anchoritic guides which were written, revised and translated, throughout the Middle Ages, to enable recluses to come to terms with the enormity of their choices. The book explores five centuries of the guides’ negotiations of four anchoritic ideals: enclosure, solitude, chastity and orthodoxy, and of two vital anchoritic spiritual practices: asceticism and contemplative experience. It explodes the myth of the anchorhold as solitary death-cell, revealing it as the site of potential intellectual exchange and spiritual growth.
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Bibliographic Information
Publish State
Published
Language
English
Readership
Professional and scholarly
Responsibility
by Mari Hughes-Edwards.
Publisher / Imprint
University of Wales Press
Publication Country / Place
United Kingdom
Title Identifier (ISBN/ISSN)
9780708325049 / 0708325041
Format
Hardback
Published Date
June 2012
Primary Price
90 GBP
Pages
256
Page size
23
Series
Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages
Reference Code
BDZ0016927256