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作者 Licence, Tom
書名 Hermits and recluses in English society, 950-1200 / Tom Licence
出版項 Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
國際標準書號 9780199674091 (pbk.)
0199674094 (pbk.)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 文哲所  248.41 L698    在架上    30580003115735
說明 x, 240 p. ; 24 cm
附註 Originally published: 2011
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction -- The Anglo-Saxon and European background -- The rise of the hermit in England -- The rise of the recluse -- How Anchorites made a living -- Eradicating sin, in theory -- Eradicating sin, in practice -- How Anchorites helped others -- How Anchorites became saints -- Conclusion
In the central Middle Ages, English society lavished unprecedented attention on a category of would-be outcasts who repudiated its ambitions and spurned its aspirations. Hermits and recluses (collectively 'anchorites') had their own, very different vision of how life should be lived, and yet nobles retained them on their estates, parishioners did their bit to support their local recluses, and every tier of society from the peasantry up to royalty journeyed to rural hermitages for prayer, advice, and spiritual instruction. Anchorites were everywhere, dotted across the landscape, striving to restore humanity's broken image, in their own lives and in their clients. The respect that came of their endeavour grew from a heightened sense of the conflict between society's worldly concerns and its spiritual ideals, in the minds of their admirers. Tom Licence sets out to discover why anchorites rose to prominence, in the context of European monasticism and trends in spirituality. In the past, historians linked their rise to many different things: the impact of the Norman Conquest; a crisis of identity in the monasteries; the discovery of the individual; a reaction to the profit economy; and to a new need for 'holy men' (or holy women) to minister to a changing society. Investigating the avenues by which anchorites gained their reputation, and pinpointing their function in relation to society, this new inquiry puts these hypotheses to the test in a study of English society in the central Middle Ages. - Publisher
主題 Hermits -- England -- History -- To 1500
Recluses -- England -- History -- To 1500
Hermits -- England -- Social conditions
Recluses -- England -- Social conditions
Hermits -- England -- Social life and customs
Recluses -- England -- Social life and customs
Christian life -- England -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
England -- Religious life and customs
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