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Author Gunn, Cate.

Title Medieval anchorites in their communities / cate Gunn; Liz Herbert McAvoy
Published Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd. 2017
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Description 1 online resource (200 pages)
Series Studies in the History of Medieval Religion ; 45
Studies in the history of medieval religion ; 45
Summary Much of the research into medieval anchoritism to date has focused primarily on its liminal and elite status within the socio-religious cultures of its day. The anchorite has long been depicted as both solitary and alone, almost entirely removed from community and living a life of permanent withdrawal and isolation: in effect dead to the world. The essays in this volume, stemming from a variety of cross-disciplinary approaches and methodologies, lay down a challenge to this position, breaking new ground in their presentation of the medieval anchorite and other types of enclosed solitary as playing a central role within the devotional life of a whole range of complex and multifaceted communities: ones that were simultaneously synchronic and diachronic, physical and metaphysical, religious, secular, textual - and gendered. It therefore offers its readers a new way of understanding the operations of the solitary life in the Middle Ages and its interdependence with a whole array of communities, ultimately adding to our knowledge of how spiritual "aloneness" could be pursued ardently, even in the midst of communal interaction
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Subject Church history -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 -- Congresses.
Hermits -- England -- History -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Herbert McAvoy, Liz.
ISBN 178744029X (electronic bk.)
9781787440296 (electronic bk.)