By Liz Herbert McAvoy, Mari Hughes-Edwards
Until lately, the determine of the medieval anchorite and the underlying ideological innovations that framed her day by day lifestyles have escaped specified exam, regardless of the anchorite’s value to the learn of medieval tradition. This assortment brings jointly best students within the box of gender and anchoritic reports with a view to research anchoritic enclosure from various varied views. In so doing, Anchorites, Wombs, and Tombs bargains illuminating conclusions approximately how the phenomenon of anchoritism was once suffering from, and in flip, encouraged modern notions of gender difference.
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Legatus Divinae Pietatis, 4, 31, in Revelationes Gertrudianae, 1, p. 393 (again, the translation is my own). Compare also The Shewings of Julian of Norwich, ed. Georgia Ronan Crampton, TEAMS (Kalamazoo, 1994), pp. 69–70. The Shewings, p. 146. Ancrene Wisse, p. 57; Savage and Watson, p. 54. Ancrene Wisse, p. 66; Savage and Watson, p. 63. Ancrene Wisse, p. 67; Savage and Watson, p. 63. ‘Many of the saints did [Paul] shut up in prison’, and ‘[Herod] . . shut up John in prison’. Legatus Divinae Pietatis, 4, 23, in Revelationes Gertrudianae, 1, p.
Rather than spelunca, the gospels of Mark, Luke and John refer to Christ’s burial-place as monumentum, while Matthew’s gospel has sepulcrum and is, in fact, the only New Testament book to use the word in any context. Aelred uses sepulcrum metaphorically to refer to the sinner’s dead body: ‘Non sic impii non sic, quos de corpore quasi de foetenti sepulchro, pessimi spiritus, cum instrumentis infernalibus extrahentes’ (Not so is it with the wicked, not so. 24 In the Middle Ages, hooks were used to dismember and remove dead infants from the womb, and Aelred associates the literal womb as much with death as with life.
R. R. s. 249 (London, New York and Toronto, 1962), pp. 192–3. The corresponding translation of every quotation from Ancrene Wisse is taken from Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works, trans. and intro. Anne Savage and Nicholas Watson (New York and Mahwah, 1991), here at p. 186. de Institutione Inclusarum, in Aelredi Rievallensis Opera Omnia: 1 Opera Ascetica, ed. A. Hoste and C. H. Talbot (Turnhout, 1971), p. 638 (my emphasis). All subsequent quotations from de Institutione Inclusarum are from this edition.
Anchorites, Wombs, and Tombs: Intersections of Gender and Enclosure in the Middle Ages (University of Wales - Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages) by Liz Herbert McAvoy, Mari Hughes-Edwards