A Companion to Ancrene Wisse
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272 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

A Companion to Ancrene Wisse

Edited by Yoko Wada

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Ancrene Wisse introduced through a variety of cultural and critical approaches which establish the originality and interest of the treatise.
The thirteenth-century Ancrene Wisse is a guide for female recluses. Addressed to three young sisters of gentle birth, it teaches what truly good anchoresses should and should not do, offering in its examples a glimpse of the real life women had in England in the middle ages. It is also important for its evidence for the continuation of the Anglo-Saxon tradition of prose writing, being produced in the West Midlands where Old English writing conventions continued to develop even after the Norman conquest. The Companion addresses the cultural and historical background, the affiliations of the versions, genre, authorship and language; the various approaches also includea feminist reading of the text.

Contributors: ROGER DAHOOD, RICHARD DANCE, A.S.G. EDWARDS, CATHERINE INNES-PARKER, BELLA MILLETT, CHRISTINA VON NOLCKEN, ELIZABETH ROBERTSON, ANNE SAVAGE, D.A. TROTTER, YOKO WADA, NICHOLAS WATSON.
What is Ancrene Wisse - Yoko Wada
The Genre of Ancrene Wisse - Bella Millett
The Communal Authorship of Ancrene Wisse - Anne Savage
The AB Language: the Recluse, The Gossip and the Language Historian - Richard Dance
The Anglo-French lexis of Ancrene Wisse: a re-evaluation - D A Trotter
The Middle English Manuscripts and Early Readers of Ancrene Wisse - A S G Edwards
'This Living Hand': Thirteenth-Century Female Literacy and the Female Reader of Ancrene Wisse - Elizabeth Robertson
The Legacy of Ancrene Wisse: Translations, Adaptations, Influences and Audience, with Special Attention to Women Readers - Catherine Innes-Parker
The Recluse and its Readers: Some Observations on a Lollard Interpolated Version of Ancrene Wisse - Christina von Nolcken
Ancrene Wisse, Religious Reform and the Late Middle Ages - Nicholas Watson
Ancrene Wisse and the Identities of Mary Salome - Roger Dahood

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Title Details

272 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: D.S.Brewer