Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Rhetoric of the Anchorhold: Space, Place and Body within the Discourses of Enclosure

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Rhetoric of the Anchorhold: Space, Place and Body within the Discourses of Enclosure

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Rhetoric of the Anchorhold: Space, Place and Body within the Discourses of Enclosure, ed. lis Herbert McAvoy, Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages (Cardiff: University of Cardiff Press, 2008). xvi + 240 pp; 1 2 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-7083-2130-0. £75 .00. This interesting volume argues for the centrality of anchoritic spirituality in the later Middle Ages. Essays take a variety of perspectives on anchoritic enclosure, but focus especially on the 'complex webs of association embedded within the rhetoric and imagery of anchoritic literature', and the movement of these outwards into lay culture. In the first section of the book, on public performance, Allison Clark treats eremeticism in medieval Siena, E. A. Jones explores ceremonies of enclosure, Bella Millett writes on authence in the Ancrene Wisse group, and Cate Gunn looks at Ancrene Wisse in the light of sermon rhetoric. …

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