Can there be such a thing as an anchoritic rule?

Millett, Bella (2013) Can there be such a thing as an anchoritic rule? In, Innes-Parker, Catherine and Kukita Yoshikawa, Naoe (eds.) Anchoritism in the Middle Ages: Texts and Traditions. Cardiff, GB, University of Wales Press pp. 11-30. (Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages).


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Although medieval ‘rules’ for solitaries lacked canonical status, and Ann K. Warren classifies them rather as ‘ascetic treatises’, they often drew on monastic models. Their relationship to this tradition, however, was not uncomplicated, and some later medieval ‘rules’, while acknowledging their lack of legislative status, rhetorically emphasize the value of an extra-monastic form of religious life whose followers, rather than serving under a rule or a human superior, answer directly to God. The paper examines the underlying reasons for this development, tracing the changing relationship between monastic and anchoritic ideals from the patristic period to the end of the Middle Ages.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9780708326015 (print)
9780708326022 (print)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities
ePrint ID: 196257
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 08:28
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:37
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