Reading Medieval Anchoritism: Ideology and Spiritual Practices

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Medieval anchorites embraced the most extreme and punishing form of solitude known to the medieval world—enclosure in the same four walls for life—in order to forge a closer connection with God. As a way of understanding the lives, beliefs, and experiences of anchorites, Reading Medieval Anchoritism explores guides to the anchorite life that were published in England throughout the Middle Ages. Mari Hughes-Edwards surveys five centuries of the guides’ negotiations of four anchoritic ideals—enclosure, solitude, ...

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Overview

Medieval anchorites embraced the most extreme and punishing form of solitude known to the medieval world—enclosure in the same four walls for life—in order to forge a closer connection with God. As a way of understanding the lives, beliefs, and experiences of anchorites, Reading Medieval Anchoritism explores guides to the anchorite life that were published in England throughout the Middle Ages. Mari Hughes-Edwards surveys five centuries of the guides’ negotiations of four anchoritic ideals—enclosure, solitude, chastity, and orthodoxy—as well as two vital spiritual practices, asceticism and contemplative experience. The book explodes the long-standing myth of the anchorhold as solitary death-cell, revealing it instead as the site of potential intellectual change and spiritual growth.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert J. Hasenfratz

“In this impressive study, Hughes-Edwards writes a new history of medieval English anchoritism that rivals the work of Warren’s landmark Anchorites and their Patrons in Medieval England. She traces, patiently and sensitively, the evolution of five centuries of anchoritic ideology, placing it in the context of a wide range of rarely considered, but remarkably innovative, theological texts. The results are profound and surprising. No scholar of medieval anchoritism or indeed the history of medieval ascetism can afford to ignore this book.”
Derek Pearsall

Reading Medieval Anchoritism is comprehensive, systematic, and thorough. The first study to trace anchoritic ideology over five centuries, it show s that the goal of the anchoritic was not extreme suffering and privation but heightened contemplative experience. It amasses important evidence that anchorites had a range of acceptable social functions and modifies scholarship’s current image of anchoritic enclosure as merely social death.”
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Meet the Author

Mari Hughes-Edwards is a senior lecturer in English literature at Edge Hill University.

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Table of Contents


Series Editors’ Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction

Part I. Anchoritic Spirituality in Isolation: The English Anchoritic Guides
1. Introducing the Guides
2. Anchoritic Enclosure
3. Anchoritic Solitude and Sociability
Part II. Anchoritic Spirituality in Context: English Anchoritism and the Wider Medieval World
4. Anchoritism and Asceticism
5. Anchoritism and Contemplative Experience

Conclusion
Notes
Appendix: Guidance Text Overview
Select Bibliography
Index

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