Medieval Anchoritisms: Gender, Space and the Solitary Life

Medieval Anchoritisms: Gender, Space and the Solitary Life
English | August 18th, 2011 | ISBN: 1843842777 | 214 pages | PDF | 12.68 MB


Originating in the deserts of northern Africa in the early years of Christianity, anchoritism, or the enclosed solitary life, gradually metamorphosed into a permanent characteristic of European religiosity; from the twelfth century onwards, and throughout.

This book investigates the wider cultural importance of medieval anchoritism within the different religious landscapes and climates of the period. Drawing upon a range of contemporary gender and spatial theories, it focuses on the gender dynamics of this Dr LIZ HERBERT MCAVOY is Senior Lecturer in Gender in English and Medieval Studies at Swansea University.

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