Alessandra Bartolomei Romagnoli

Recluses Mirrored in Hagiographical Literature. Notes for a Research Project

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Keywords: Anchoresses, Hagiography, Mysticism

This essay offers the first results of a survey of reclusion in medieval hagiography, an attempt to synthesise and summarise the phenomenon of voluntary reclusion in the Middle Ages, re-examined through the mirror of hagiographical sources. The starting point was a census based on the Acta Sanctorum and other repertories, which already demonstrated the need to rethink, at a taxonomic level, about the category of reclusion itself. The essay is accompanied by an Appendix with the results of the census.

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