This is an extract from the Introduction to Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care: Essay. Beginning with a foundational essay by Bella Millett about the uniquely independent form of religious life expressed in anchoritic guides, the remaining essays explore the development of anchoritism across Europe including in works by spiritual writers such as Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe and Dorothy of Mantau. Edmund of Abingdon used the phrase 'in specie panis' in his Speculum Religiosorum to explain the appearance of the body of Christ after the consecration; in his later Speculum Ecclesie, this phrase is replaced by 'sub specie panis'. Professor Elizabeth Robertson, Professor of English Language, University of Glasgow Introduction Catherine Innes-Parker and Naoe KukitaYoshikawa Part One: Traditions of Anchoritic Guidance 1. The generally accepted conclusion is that Ancrene Wisse was written originally in the west Midlands in the first half of the thirteenth century at the request of three sisters who had chosen to live an enclosed life, probably attached to a church, who required guidance as they lived out their vocation, having taken basic vows of obedience, chastity and stability of abode. Cate Gunn graduated from Southampton University in 2004 with a Ph. The individual essays conceive anchoritism in broadly interpretive categories: challenging perceived notions of the very concept of anchoritic 'rule' and guidance; studying the interaction between language and linguistic forms; addressing the connection between anchoritism and other forms of solitude particularly in European tales of sanctity ; and exploring the influence of anchoritic literature on lay devotion.
As such, it makes a most welcome addition to, and extends the range, of the ground-breaking series of volumes on medieval anchoritism produced by the University of Wales Press in recent years, and will provide a valuable new resource for scholars, students and the general reader alike. Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care: Essays in Honour of Bella Millett. Here I am using that extra material to make some comparisons between these three texts, with reference also to the later anchoritic guide, Speculum Inclusorum whose recent edition I was able to help Eddie Jones with. Although these classifications have no medieval authority, they remain useful for handling and classifying material. Medieval Anchorites in their Communities, ed. Ancrene Wisse is an important prose work written in early-middle English as a guide for anchoresses, female recluses.
Pastoral and devotional literature flourished throughout the middle ages, and its growth and transmutations form the focus of this collection. Ranging historically from the difficulties of localizing Anglo-Saxon pastoral texts to the reading of women in l. Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care: Essays in Honour of Bella Millett. They offer both close examinations of particular manuscripts, and of individual texts, including an anonymous Speculum iuniroum, the Speculum religiosorum of Edmund of Abingdon and later vernacular compositions and translations, such as Handlyng Synne and Bonaventure's Lignum Vitae. The Role of the Anchoritic Guidance Writer: Goscelin of St. The reading and devotional use of texts by women and solitaries is also considered. Wide-ranging and fully accessible, this book reflects an exciting international scholarly collaboration, offering a broad and compelling analysis of the influence of anchoritism and its associated traditions upon the spirituality of Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages.
Cate taught in continuing education for many years, and more recently in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries saw an increase in the number of lay people, especially women, entering anchorholds; these were people who required a vocation they could enter directly from the world while monks, nuns or clerics who became anchorites sought a more rigorous form of religious life. Pastoral and devotional literature flourished throughout the middle ages, and its growth and transmutations form the focus of this collection. Cate Gunn and Liz Herbert McAvoy is to be published. Contributors: Alexandra Barratt, Mishtooni Bose, Joseph Goering, Brian Golding, C. New essays on the burgeoning of pastoral and devotional literature in medieval England.
Medieval Anchorites in their Communities, ed. Annette Grise, Cate Gunn, Ralph Hanna, Bob Hasenfratz, Catherine Innes-Parker, E. The volume contains essays which challenge the usual focus on medieval anchoritism as an ideology of isolation and withdrawal, looking instead at the central role anchorites played within the lives of a whole range of communities. This volume explores medieval anchoritism the life of a solitary religious recluse from a variety of perspectives. This is a short abstract from my paper on Anglo-Norman translations of Edmund of Abingdon's Speculum religiosorum the Mirour de seinte eglyse which may have been read for nuns, published in the Antwerp Dialogue of the Nuns' Literacies series. It is also associated with other texts for a similar readership of women following a religious vocation.
They include an essay of mine, 'The Anchoress of Colne Priory: a Solitary in Community' in which I revisit the Colne Priory anchoress with reference to contemporary guidance texts and explore the paradox of a female solitary living within a community, assuming that she was indeed a lay anchoress enclosed in the male Benedictine priory. Carmelite Spirituality and the Laity in the Late Medieval England Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa 9. This is an extract from the Introduction to Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care: Essays in Honour of Bella Millett, edited by Cate Gunn and Catherine Innes-Parker. Disrupting traditional geographical boundaries, the essays draw together with some of the more canonical writings a number of hitherto under-explored or overlooked expressions of this form of the solitary life and does much to extend our understanding of the spiritual, religious, social and ideological imperatives behind this extraordinary vocation. . They therefore form an appropriate tribute to the work of Bella Millett, whose research has done so much to advance our knowledge of the field.
They offer both close examinations of particular manuscripts, and of individual texts, including an anonymous Speculum iuniroum, the Speculum religiosorum of Edmund of Abingdon and later vernacular compositions and translations, such as Handlyng Synne and Bonaventure's Lignum Vitae. Dr Liz Herbert McAvoy, Reader Gender Studies and Medieval Literature, Swansea University Emerging from a powerful meeting of the International Anchoritic Society in Japan in 2008, these ten new essays by scholars from around the globe explore anchoritic texts born in England in the thirteenth-century as they develop and influence anchoritism across Europe up to the seventeenth-century. Jones, Derek Pearsall, Elaine Treharne, Nicholas Watson, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne An e-book version of this title is available 9781846157691 , to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. Secularization in Ancrene Wisse, Part 1: The 'Pater noster', 'Credo', and 'Ave' Chiyoko Inosaki 7. See for a full list of our partners.