This is the first fully-annotated bibliography of all the works of the Ancrene Wisse group - the Ancrene Wisseitself, the 13th-century guide for anchoresses, and the related Middle English devotional prose works known as the 'Katherine Group' and the 'Wooing Group' -which are attracting increasing scholarly attention due to the unique evidence they offer for the nature of women's religious experience in medieval England. The general introduction surveys the history of scholarship on the Group, and the methodological problems involved; topics include the relationship of the different works, their origins, context, sources and influence, and a review of the current state of scholarship, noting possible directions for future research. BELLA MILLETTis Reader in English at the University of Southampton.
Part 1 Introductory: "Ancrene Wisse"; the Katherine Group; the Wooing Group; problems of classification. Part 2 The problem of origins - date, location, authorship and audience: the origins of "Ancrene Wisse"; the question of common authorship; audience. Part 3 The linguistic context: the AB language; other varieties; vocabulary and syntax; localization; the language of composition. Part 4 The literary context. Part 5 The social and religious context: anchoritism; mysticism; anti-feminism; the European context. Part 6 Sources, adaptations and later borrowings. Part 7 Scholarship: editions - "Ancrene Wisse", Katherine Group, Wooing Group; translations; secondary literature; future study. Part 7 The manuscripts: an annotated alphabetical check-list; manuscripts listed under individual works.