This source book offers a comprehensive treatment of solitary religious lives in England in the late Middle Ages. It covers both enclosed recluses (anchorites) and free-wandering hermits, and explores the relationship between them. Although there has been a recent surge of interest in the solitary vocations, especially anchorites, this has focused almost exclusively on a small number of examples. The field is in need of reinvigoration, and this book provides it. Featuring translated extracts from a wide range of Latin, Middle English and Old French sources, as well as a scholarly introduction and commentary from one of the foremost experts in the field, Hermits and anchorites in England is an invaluable resource for students and lecturers alike. -- .
E. A. Jones is Associate Professor in English Medieval Literature and Culture at the University of Exeter -- .
Introduction I Becoming an anchorite II A cell of one's own III A day in the anchoritic life IV For the whole term of this life V Scenes of eremitical life VI Rules and regulations VII Renegades, charismatics and charlatans VIII Dissolution Index -- .