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Anchoritism in the Middle Ages


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Introduction Catherine Innes-Parker and Naoe KukitaYoshikawa Part One: Traditions of Anchoritic Guidance 1. Can there be such a thing as an 'anchoritic rule'? Bella Millet 1. The Role of the Anchoritic Guidance Writer: Goscelin of St. Bertin Mari Hughes-Edwards 2. Logical Discourse Markers in Julian of Norwich Fumiko Yoshikawa Part Two: Enclosure and Sanctity in Hagiographical Tradition 3. Heresy and Heterodoxy: The Feminized Trinities of Marguerite Porete and Julian of Norwich Jane Chance 4. Hagiography and Idealism: St Dympna of Geel, an Uncanny Saint Juliana Dresvina 5. Bridal Mysticism and the Politics of the Anchorhold: Dorothy of Montau Sieglinde Hartmann Part Three: Anchoritic Texts and Traditions in the Lay World 6. Secularization in Ancrene Wisse, Part 1: The 'Pater noster', 'Credo', and 'Ave' Chiyoko Inosaki 7. Reading and Devotional Practice: The Wooing Group Prayers of British Library, MS Cotton Nero A.xiv Catherine Innes-Parker 8. Carmelite Spirituality and the Laity in the Late Medieval England Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa 9. Printing and Reading Walter Hylton in Early Tudor England Satoko Tokunaga

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Catherine Innes-Parker is Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa is Professor of English at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shizuoka University.


Wide-ranging and fully accessible, this book reflects an exciting international scholarly collaboration, offering a broad and compelling analysis of the influence of anchoritism and its associated traditions upon the spirituality of Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages. Disrupting traditional geographical boundaries, the essays draw together with some of the more canonical writings a number of hitherto under-explored or overlooked expressions of this form of the solitary life and does much to extend our understanding of the spiritual, religious, social and ideological imperatives behind this extraordinary vocation. As such, it makes a most welcome addition to, and extends the range, of the ground-breaking series of volumes on medieval anchoritism produced by the University of Wales Press in recent years, and will provide a valuable new resource for scholars, students and the general reader alike. Dr Liz Herbert McAvoy, Reader Gender Studies and Medieval Literature, Swansea University Emerging from a powerful meeting of the International Anchoritic Society in Japan in 2008, these ten new essays by scholars from around the globe explore anchoritic texts born in England in the thirteenth-century as they develop and influence anchoritism across Europe up to the seventeenth-century. Beginning with a foundational essay by Bella Millett about the uniquely independent form of religious life expressed in anchoritic guides, the remaining essays explore the development of anchoritism across Europe including in works by spiritual writers such as Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe and Dorothy of Mantau. Deepening our understanding of the linguistic features of the originary texts as well as the development of lay spirituality, these essays make a significant contribution to the recent efflorescence of critical attention to the history of spirituality. Professor Elizabeth Robertson, Professor of English Language, University of Glasgow

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