Ranging from studies of the influence of desert eremiticism upon a variety of expressions of religious enclosure in England to the sexualized spirituality of the high Middle Ages, this book contains essays that demonstrate how discourses of anchoritic enclosure were utilized to different ends at different periods throughout the Middle Ages.
Liz Herbert McAvoy is Lecturer in Gender in English Studies at Swansea University. Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards is a Reader in English Literature at Edge Hill University.
Foreword: Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker; Introduction: Liz Herbert McAvoy and Mari Hughes-Edwards; Inclusive Language: Some Reflections on Wombs and Tombs - Alexandra Barratt; Guthlac A and Guthlac B Changing Metaphors for a Dying Hermit - Santha Bhattacharji; Representations of the Anchoritic Life in Goscelin of St-Bertin's Liber Confortatorius - Rebecca Hayward; Male and Female Cistercians and their Gendered Experiences of the Margins, the Wilderness and the Periphery - Elizabeth Freeman; The White Friars' Return to Carmel - Johan Bergstom-Allen; "Crepe into that blessed syde" Enclosure Imagery in Aelred of Rievaulx's De Institutione Inclusarum and its Middle English Redaction - Kristen McQuinn; Gladly Alone: Isolation and Exile in English Mystical Experience - Susannah Chewning; Anchoritic Elements of Holkham Misc. 41 - Catherine Innes-Parker; "I was confused and cried": The Carthusian Dionysius of Ryckel (c. 1402/03-1471), Masculinity and Late Medieval Mysticism - Ulrike Wiethaus; "... wrapt as if to the third heaven" Gender and Contemplative Experience in Late-Medieval Anchoritic Guidance Writing - Mari Hughes-Edwards; In Praise of Whips: Mortification of the Flesh in Ancrene Wisse - Bob Hasenfratz; Beyond the Tomb: Ancrene Wisse and Lay Piety - Cate Gunn; Voice beyond the Grave: Margery Kempe, 'deuoute ancres...of Lynne' - Liz Herbert McAvoy