Ancrene Wisse

From Pastoral Literature to Vernacular Spirituality

Author(s): Cate Gunn

Language: English

Genre(s): Medieval Literary Criticism

Series: Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages

  • January 2008 · 208pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708320341

About The Book

This book is innovative in that it provides an introduction to Ancrene Wisse, one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. It offers a new contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages, thus extending analysis of the book beyond its original purpose as a guide for anchoresses. The placing of Ancrene Wisse within this context also allows comparisons to be made with other literature for semi-regular women, such as sermons preached to beguines – semi-religious women who formed communities in the Low Countries and France in the High Middle Ages. A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project.


" ... an argument that takes into consideration the most up-to-date information on the text and its contexts." Dennis Renevey, Chair of Medieval English, Universite de Lausanne

About the Author(s)

Cate Gunn

Cate Gunn is a tutor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

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