The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle
, Ancrene Wisse, Edited from MS.
(3) ic ich i I Vices and Virtues (BM Stowe 240) 1200+ EM 183 51 4 Ancrene Riwle
Tolkien and the Ancrene Riwle
, or Two Fine and Courteous Mentors to Women's Spirits."
They include most of the important works of the era, including Piers Plowman, the Ancrene Riwle
, and the Prick of Conscience.
II, 180); and in the Ancrene Riwle
, it is associated with the Seven Deadly Sins.
That may have come from the "Ancrene Riwle
" well known at the time, that prohibited Christian anchoresses from viewing other persons even in confession, (12) and Abarbanel believes she chose the site for her cell during the two months she wandered on the mountains.
Tolkien (ed.), Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle
, Early English Text Society, no.
In view of the texts' presentation and of the nature of the translation, in particular of the Middle English prose Apocalypse, the Mirror and Ancrene Riwle
, Hanna associates this manuscript with an audience composed by "pious literates with devotional interests, actively committed to imposing high standards of devotion and conduct on their community" (202).
All quotations from Ancrene Wisse come from Tolkien's EETS edition (The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle
: Ancrene Wisse, Edited from MS.
(22) The French Text of the Ancrene Riwle
, Edited from British Museum ms.
He instances the Latin versions of The Cloud of Unknowing, the Ancrene Riwle
, and of the visions of Elizabeth of Schonau as illustrating the ways in which the vernacular and Latin cultures could interact, with Latin by no means necessarily being prior.
The mystic Henry Suso images himself as a bride, a nursing infant, a mother wanting to suckle God.(8) The Ancrene Riwle
expounds divine love in terms of spouse and child.