Ancrene Wisse and Vernacular Spirituality in the Middle Ages

Ancrene Wisse and Vernacular Spirituality in the Middle Ages

by Cate Gunn
ISBN-10:
0708320341
ISBN-13:
9780708320341
Pub. Date:
06/15/2008
Publisher:
University of Wales Press

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Overview

Ancrene Wisse and Vernacular Spirituality in the Middle Ages

Ancrene Wisse and Vernacular Spirituality in the Middle Ages is an introduction to the Ancrene Wisse—an important thirteenth-century guide for recluses who, for religious reasons, withdrew from secularity in order to lead an ascetic and  prayer-oriented life. This volume considers the broad religious context in which the Ancrene Wisse was written and broadens that context by addressing issues of readership, drawing comparisons between lay piety and sermons, and challenging some of the long-held views on Ancrene Wisse’sspecifically female readership, articulating a place for the monastic classic in the developing literature of vernacular spirituality. A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780708320341
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 06/15/2008
Series: University of Wales Press - Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cate Gunnis a tutor at the University of Essex and at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

Table of Contents

Introduction
 
Part I  The religious context
1    The Fourth Lateran Council
2    Eucharistic theology
3    The female religious movement: anchorites and beguines
4    Anchoritic spirituality
5    Lay piety
 
Part II Pastoralia and vernacular pastoral literature
6    Pastoralia
7    The rhetoric of preaching
8    Beguine sermons
9    Pastoral literature
 
Part III Ancrene Wisse: text and context
10  The rhetoric of Ancrene Wisse
      i.  Structure
      ii. Exempla and similitudines
11  Ancrene Wisse: asceticism and contemplation
12  Reading Ancrene Wisse as vernacular spirituality
 
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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