"How good it is to be alone"? Sociability, Solitude and Medieval English Anchoritism

Hughes-Edwards, M. (2009) "How good it is to be alone"? Sociability, Solitude and Medieval English Anchoritism. Mystics Quarterly, 35 (3-4). pp. 31-61. ISSN 0742-5503

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Abstract

The article examines the importance of the ideal of solitude for anchoritic guidance from c. 1162 to c. 1450. It reveals that solitude is ideal in transition as it is textually constructed in the anchoritic guidance writing tradition. Despite the continued commitment to solitude, it states almost all the later medieval anchoritic guides place their recluses in an emergently social role.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 09:11
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/771

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