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anchorite

a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit

anchorite

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(petrology)
A variety of diorite having nodules of mafic minerals and veins of felsic minerals.
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Liz Herbert McAvoy, a leading scholar in the field of anchoritic studies, has brought together essays by nine scholars to illustrate the central role played by religious solitaries in Europe during the Middle Ages.
The anchoritic existence of Carduino and his mother ends soon after this in a rather abrupt fashion, when the mother digs up the jewels that she has been hiding since her flight and takes her son to live in the city (Rajna 9, octave 21).
11) On these bases, he provides a very thoughtful exploration of the forms of monastic life (particularly the two ideals of the anchoritic and cenobitic models), on norms of behavior and daily monastic activities, the organization and authority structure of the monastery.
The details of this scene--the emotional and spatial proximity Abraham describes; the almost voyeuristic interest on Effrem's part in Mary's virginal integrity; Abraham's economic dispossession of the underage Mary counterbalanced by his negotiations with Effrem about their future spiritual investment of her; the unprecedented anchoritic immurement of an eight-year old child (49)--stand in stark contrast to the kinds of freedom canonesses at Gandersheim would have expected for the women in their foundation, young to old.
then follows the traditional path in presenting Antony and Pachomius as the principal examples of two strands of nascent monasticism, the anchoritic (or, better, semianchoritic) life in the desert and the communal monasticism lived closer to the Nile and often in proximity to villages.
46) for the benefit of those joining a growing anchoritic community.
Julian's anchoritic position requires that she adhere to the regulations that direct the recluse to deny her body in order to retain physical purity and attain spiritual purity.
Written by nine academic contributors and extensively footnoted with primary sources, the book purports that we know what we do about medieval women because of the texts they authored that upheld and supported the social mores, and because they also lived their lives according to existing writings, for example, Rules of the Anchoritic Life and correspondence.
Whereas previous work on anchoritic texts like Ancrene Wisse tends to begin from within the texts' own point of view, in this essay I will attempt to glimpse them from the outside by bringing to bear some insights from recent studies of medieval urban and sacred spaces.
By 1600 the Jesuit missionaries encountered many more Christian women, who took some form of individual vows and lead anchoritic contemplative lives of virgindade and castidade at home.
There is below the surface of the "monotone" Petrarch, known for his lexical selectivity and soavita, another Petrarch, of political denunciation and anchoritic devotion, of interrogation, enigma and mystery.
The newly-formed International Anchoritic Society announces the second in its exciting series of planned biennial conferences.