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Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

Angels and Anchoritic Culture in Late Medieval England

Joshua S. Easterling

Angels and Anchoritic Culture in Late Medieval England

Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

Angels and Anchoritic Culture in Late Medieval England

Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture: Angels and Anchoritic Culture in Late Medieval England

 

Examines the rise of popular religious currents in the later Middle Ages, and studies a range of texts, composed largely between 1100 and 1400, to illustrate how the emergence of charismatic public 'prophets' unsettled the established church and presented a contest over rival images of public spirituality.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture: Angels and Anchoritic Culture in Late Medieval England

The monograph series Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture showcases the plurilingual and multicultural quality of medieval literature and actively seeks to promote research that not only focuses on the array of subjects medievalists now pursue in literature, theology, and philosophy, in social, political, jurisprudential, and intellectual history, the history of art, and the history of science but also that combines these subjects productively.
It offers innovative studies on topics that may include, but are not limited to, manuscript and book history; languages and literatures of the global Middle Ages; race and the post-colonial; the digital humanities, media and performance; music; medicine; the history of affect and the emotions; the literature
and practices of devotion; the theory and history of gender and sexuality, ecocriticism and the environment; theories of aesthetics; medievalism.

This volume examines Latin and vernacular writings that formed part of a flourishing culture of mystical experience in the later Middle Ages (ca. 1150–1400), including the ways in which visionaries within their literary milieu negotiated the tensions between personal, charismatic inspiration and their allegiance to church authority. It situates texts written in England within their wider geographical and intellectual context through comparative analyses with contemporary European
writings. A recurrent theme across all of these works is the challenge that a largely masculine and clerical culture faced in the form of the various, and potentially unruly, spiritualities that emerged powerfully from the twelfth century onward. Representatives of these major spiritual developments, including the
communities that fostered them, were often collaborative in their expression. For example, holy women, including nuns, recluses, and others, were recognized by their supporters within the church for their extraordinary spiritual graces, even as these individual expressions of piety were in many cases at variance with securely orthodox religious formations. These writings become eloquent witnesses to a confrontation between inner, revelatory experience and the needs of the church to set
limitations upon charismatic spiritualities that, with few exceptions, carried the seeds of religious dissent. Moreover, while some of the most remarkable texts at the centre of this volume were authored (and/or primarily read) by women, the intellectual and religious concerns in play cut across the familiar
and all-too-conventional boundaries of gender and social and institutional affiliation.


ISBN
9780198865414
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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