Author : Catherine Innes-Parker
Publisher : University of Wales Press
Release Date : 2013-04-30
ISBN 10 : 9780708326039
Pages : 256 pages
Rating : 4.6/5 (26 downloads)
Download Anchoritism in the Middle Ages PDF Full Free by Catherine Innes-Parker and published by University of Wales Press. This book was released on 2013-04-30 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.