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Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works


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In the first quarter of the thirteenth century a number of works were written for anchoresses, women who lived as religious recluses in cells adjoining churches. The most influential is Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses), which discusses in great detail the daily life of the anchoress, both outer and inner. This work gives a detailed sense of a powerful and multifaceted spirituality different from that of other mystics.

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Key Features

  • An ancient example of classic mystical spirituality presented in an accessible form
  • Fully integrates and cross references with other resources from your Logos library
  • Allows modern readers to better understand the role of anchoresses in the life of the medieval church
  • Title: Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works
  • Authors: Anne Savage, Nicholas Watson
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1991
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 487
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: English prose literature › Middle English, 1100-1500--Modernized versions; Monasticism and religious orders for women › Rules--Early works before 1300; Christian literature, English (Middle) › Modernized versions; Christian saints, Women › Legends--Early works before 1300; Spiritual life › Catholic authors--Early works before 1300; Women › Conduct of life--Early works before 1300
  • ISBNs: 0809104490, 0809132575
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T04:43:39Z

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About the Translators

Anne Savage is a translator known for her work on The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.

Nicholas Watson (Professor of English and once and future chair of Medieval Studies at Harvard) is a scholar of medieval English and North European literature, Christianity, and intellectual history, with special interests in the role of the written vernacular during the five centuries before the Reformation, in visionary and mystical writing, in medieval literary theory and sociolinguistics and in historiography.


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