Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works

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Anne Savage, Nicholas Watson
Paulist Press, 1991 - Religion - 487 pages
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Sometime in the first quarter of the 13th century a number of works were written for anchoresses, women who lived as religious recluses in cells adjoining churches. The most influential is Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses), which discusses in great detail the daily life of the anchoress, both outer and inner. This work gives a detailed sense of a powerful and multi-faceted spirituality different from that of other mystics.
 

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This excellent translation of all extant 13th-century Middle English anchoritic writings is a fine addition to a series for which many libraries should have standing orders. This volume is especially ... Read full review

Contents

Devotions
53
The Outer Senses
66
The Inner Feelings
93
Temptations
114
Confession
158
Penance
176
Love
189
The Outer Rule
199
A Song of Praise to Our Lord
325
An Orison to St Mary
329
NOTES TO THE PREFACE
331
NOTES TO THE GENERAL INTRODUCTION
332
NOTES TO ANCRENE WISSE
336
NOTES TO SAWLES WARDE
405
NOTES TO HOLY MAIDENHOOD
410
NOTES TO THE WOOING OF OUR LORD
418

SAWLES WARDE
209
HOLY MAIDENHOOD
223
THE WOOING OF OUR LORD
245
ST KATHERINE
259
St Margaret
288
St Juliana
306
An Orison to God Almighty
322
NOTES TO ST KATHERINE
422
NOTES TO THE APPENDIX
428
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
431
INDEX TO SCRIPTURAL CITATIONS
435
INDEX TO PATRISTIC CITATIONS
443
GENERAL INDEX
472
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