(12) The manuscript contains the complete text of the earliest version of the AWand is only one of two manuscripts that preserves material from the Wooing Group, together with the Apostles' Creed and two later Latin pieces, a short poem on death and a brief prose piece on the Cross, the Sermo de Cruce Domini--all pieces, naturally, of practical value to an anchoritic
(Rajna 7, octave 16, 2-4) 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.
These are anchoritic
hours, haunted only by the housecat
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.
Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works.
Despite narrowing his focus to the "Golden Age" of both anchoritic
and cenobitic forms of monastic life, H.
46) for the benefit of those joining a growing 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.