Ancrene Wisse / Guide for Anchoresses: A Translation (Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies)

Ancrene Wisse / Guide for Anchoresses: A Translation (Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies)

By: Bella Millett (contributor)Hardback

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A new annotated translation of the early thirteenth century guide for women religious recluses, designed to accompany the recent and definitive Middle English text published by the Early English Text Society. The introduction sets the work in its context, asking why, when and where it was produced, as well as what the institutional background of its male author may have been. It emphasises the radical nature of the work with its vision of pastoral reform, its dismissive tone in relation to conventional monasticism, and its promotion of a vernacular spirituality.

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Bella Millett is a Professor of English at the University of Southampton. The main focus of her research has been on a group of West Midlands prose works, and she has edited Hali Meithhad (1982), co-edited Medieval English Prose for Women: Selections from the Katherine Group and Ancrene Wisse (1990) with Jocelyn Wogan-Browne and has jointly produced an annotated bibliography, Ancrene Wisse, The Katherine Group, and the Wooing Group (1996).


Preface to this edition Introduction 1. Ancrene Wisse and its Contexts 2. Sources and Analogues 3. The Form of the Work 4. The Textual History of Ancrene Wisse 5. This Translation Guide for Anchoresses Preface Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Explanatory Notes Bibliography 1. A Note on Further Reading 2. Abbreviations and Short Titles 3. Editions and Secondary Works General Index Scriptural Quotations Index

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  • publication date: 01/05/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780859897754
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780859897754
  • weight: 617
  • ISBN10: 0859897753

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