By Liz Herbert McAvoy, Mari Hughes-Edwards
Until lately, the determine of the medieval anchorite and the underlying ideological recommendations that framed her daily lifestyles have escaped special exam, regardless of the anchorite’s significance to the research of medieval tradition. This assortment brings jointly top students within the box of gender and anchoritic stories with a purpose to research anchoritic enclosure from quite a few various views. In so doing, Anchorites, Wombs, and Tombs deals illuminating conclusions approximately how the phenomenon of anchoritism was once tormented by, and in flip, stimulated modern notions of gender difference.
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Hoard’ and ‘treasure’ are widespread terms in Old English poetry, but, surprisingly, they rarely occur in association with the verb unlocan (to unlock),6 as they do here in each of three key passages within the poem: T 42 SANTHA BHATTACHARJI wæs se bancofa adle onæled, inbendum fæst lichord onlocen. ) Ic wille secgan þæt me sar gehran, wærc in gewod in ðisse wonnan niht, lichord onleac. ) Com se þæs þe him in gesonc hat, heortan neah, hildescurun, flacor flanþracu, feorhhord onleac searocægum gesoht.
131. de Institutione, p. 639; Macpherson, pp. 47–8. 38 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 ALEXANDRA BARRATT The Cloud of Unknowing, ed. s. 213 (London, New York and Toronto, 1944, repr. 1973), p. 57. Ancrene Wisse, p. 192; Savage and Watson, p. 186. Ancrene Wisse, p. 58; Savage and Watson, p. 54. de Institutione, p. 638. Roberta Gilchrist, Contemplation and Action: The Other Monasticism (London and New York, 1995), p. 190. Ancrene Wisse, p. 62; Savage and Watson, pp. 91–2. de Institutione, p.
Warren, Anchorites and their Patrons, p. 3. 2 Context: Some Reflections on Wombs and Tombs and Inclusive Language ALEXANDRA BARRATT n 2002 the Economist published an obituary of the British socialist Barbara Castle, who had died at the age of 91. 1 It is surprising to find that this familiar expression (not to say cliché) is so recent. The Oxford English Dictionary does not record it, although the Supplement has the phrase womb-to-tomb, first evidenced as late as 1964, defining it as ‘esp. used attrib.
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