Evidence of recluses in eleventh-century England

Licence, Tom (2007) Evidence of recluses in eleventh-century England. Anglo-Saxon England, 36. pp. 221-234. ISSN 1474-0532

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The village recluse, avowed to remain in his or her cell, was a feature of the later medieval landscape, but in what circumstances did recluses and the notion of a distinct reclusive vocation emerge? Examining the earliest recluses identifiable, this article contends that reclusion as such, though not without precedent, gained popularity in England in the third quarter of the eleventh century and acquired a terminology (already current on the Continent) in its last third as an expression of the ascetic movement within the emerging parish.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Medieval History
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:57
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2023 10:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9820
DOI: 10.1017/S0263675107000087

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