This volume of essays focuses on religious reclusion in England—commonly referred to as anchoritic enclosure—which reached the height of its popularity, particularly for women, in the later Middle Ages. Examining this extraordinary phenomenon of voluntary, permanent solitary enclosure in a cell attached to a church from a number of different perspectives, Rhetoric of the Anchorhold demonstrates how the rhetoric of this form of enclosure became a key part of religious discourse. Exploring how the anchorhold’s associations traveled into lay culture, this volume argues for the centrality of anchoritic spirituality to the religious climate of the Middle Ages in spite of its seemingly marginalized—and solitary—status.
|Publisher:||University of Wales Press|
|Series:||University of Wales Press - Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Liz Herbert McAvoy is lecturer in the Department of English at Swansea University.