anchorite


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one retired from society for religious reasons

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He had therefore flung himself into the path, long since abandoned, which anchorites once followed in order to reach heaven: he led an ascetic life without proclaiming it, and without external credit.
They are distrustful of anchorites, and do not believe that we come with gifts.
Petrarch-Actaeon, the anchorite or eremite of love: One day hunting, as I used to do, l went, and that beast, beautiful and savage, in a fountain naked stood, at the time when the sun was burning strongest.
The hermit, anchorite or anchoress was a familiar sight across medieval England too, even from Anglo-Saxon times, and a few of the cells they lived in still survive.
A small window allowed limited access and the passing in of food, and an angled slit in the interior wall forms a "squint" through which the Anchorite could observe the celebration of the Mass in the side chapel of the church.
33) Three late medieval versions of the wild man--the hairy anchorite, the mocking minstrel-knight, and the wild knight (milites silvani)--became popular figures in chivalric and sentimental narratives, and the objects of awed admiration in court masques.
Beasts direct Antony every step of the way and animals now live in harmony with the anchorite, even providing him with his needs.
A second, longer text, The Revelations, was written later, after she became an anchorite attached to the church of Saint Julian.
Absal assumes Hayy to be "another anchorite who had come to the island in search of solitude".
The dandy must be celibate, cloistral; is, indeed, but a monk with a mirror for beads and breviary--an anchorite, mortifying his soul that his body maybe perfect" (Zuleika 23).
What does this medieval anchorite, beloved of Anglicans, have to offer Lutherans?
While other theologians attempted to parse the profound mystery of the Trinity, the anchorite of Norwich took a simpler tack.
1971, XII, 2-4) and the feature more specifically characterizing it in the above mentioned excerpt is a state of anxious expectation for the presence of other anchorite brothers.