Ancrene Wisse

Ancren Riwle

Ancren Riwle (äng´krĕn rē´ōōlə) or Ancrene Wisse (äng´krĕnə wĬs´ə) [Mid. Eng.,=anchoresses' rule], English tract written c.1200 by an anonymous English churchman for the instruction of three young ladies about to become religious recluses. The work, important as a sample of early Middle English prose, is a charming mixture of realism and humor, didacticism and tenderness. It is also important for its depiction of the manners and customs of the time. French and Latin versions of the work are also extant.

See edition by J. R. R. Tolkien (1962); study by A. Zettersten (1965).

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Ancrene Wisse: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Ancren Riwle: A Treatise on the Rules and Duties of Monastic Life By James Morton Ams Press, 1968
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The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle By A. C. Baugh Published for the Early English Text Soc, 1956
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Medieval English Prose for Women: Selections from the Katherine Group and Ancrene Wisse By Bella Millett; Jocelyn Wogan-Browne Clarendon Press, 1992 (Revised edition)
Gender and Holiness: Men, Women, and Saints in Late Medieval Europe By Samantha J. E. Riches; Sarah Salih Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Virginal Effects: Text and Identity in Ancrene Wisse"
The Tempter's Voice: Language and the Fall in Medieval Literature By Eric Jager Cornell University Press, 1993
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Ancrene Wisse begins on p. 191
Ancrene Wisse: A Modern Lay Person's Guide to a Medieval Religious Text By Gunn, Cate Magistra, Vol. 8, No. 1, Summer 2002
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The Anchorhold as Symbolic Space in Ancrene Wisse By Hasenfratz, Bob Philological Quarterly, Vol. 84, No. 1, Winter 2005
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The Form of the Self: Ancrene Wisse and Romance By Cannon, Christopher Medium Aevum, Vol. 70, No. 1, January 1, 2001
Reading the Bible in Sawles Warde and Ancrene Wisse By Perkins, Nicholas Medium Aevum, Vol. 72, No. 2, July 1, 2003
The Tremulous Hand of Worcester and the Nero Scribe of the Ancrene Wisse By Franzen, Christine Medium Aevum, Vol. 72, No. 1, January 1, 2003
Sealed in, Yet Soaring: Anchoresses in the Middle Ages By Stern, Christina Commonweal, Vol. 135, No. 7, April 11, 2008
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